Spike Chunsoft announced Friday morning that the Japanese company will open the doors to their very own western subsidiary.
Know for series such as Danganronpa and Zero Escape, Spike Chunsoft’s newly opened subsidiary will be in partnership with studio Mages to publish and localize Japanese games in the west. Spike Chunsoft, Inc. will serve as global publisher for titles developed by its parent company led by Chairman Koichi Nakamura and President, CEO Mitsutoshi Sakurai.
In a statement, Sakurai-san says:
Ever since our merger in 2012, we at Spike Chunsoft have dedicated ourselves to creating fun and unique titles. Our world today is more connected than ever — we can play games with people across the globe and exchange information in multiple languages instantaneously.
But even as information is more easily shared, the world still holds a wealth of undiscovered entertainment. As Spike Chunsoft, it is our goal to cultivate this potential into something new and memorable that transcends time, genre, and nationality.
Until now, our titles were produced in Japan and distributed worldwide by our business partners. But given how the instantaneous speed of information has become the norm, we believe that communicating with our overseas audience directly is a new avenue for us to create joy.
Spike Chunsoft, Inc. connects us with our fans and their passion to producing more of the fun and unique titles the global community has come to expect from us.
We can’t wait to say “Hello, world!”
The publisher has been self publishing titles in the west for a few years, albeit digitally on PlayStation 4, PlayStstion Vita, and PC. Now, the company will be able to focus on their own in house localization as well as be in direct contact with their growing western fan base. The office will be located in Long Beach, CA and opens December 1.