Level-5 Acquires Comcept, Rebranded to Level-5 Comcept

This week’s Famitsu (via Hachima) reports Keiji Inafune’s company, Comcept, has been acquired by Japanese publisher Level-5.

The company will now be a fully owned subsidiary, and will be rebranded to Level-5 Comcept. Roughly 15 staff are currently employed by the company, and Comcept as it currently operates will be closed sometime in the future.

While Inafune’s role in the new subsidiary isn’t clear, the goal is to produce games similar to what Inafune has been known for. Inafune did note that he will take responsibility for games he’s been working on until they’re completed.

The debut game from Level-5 Comcept is a mobile game called Dragon Colonies, which is set for a launch sometime next year in Japan. Players will be able to adventure through a world filled with a multitude of races, including: humans, beasts, and magical creatures.

How do you guys feel about Level-5 acquiring Comcept? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • Mr0303

    That’s like acquiring cancer.

  • prince_david

    God mighty number 9 came out a year ago and they still haven’t sent me my backer rewards. Worst 150 dollars I spent. Guess now ill have to get pissed at level 5 for not sending me reward which sucks because I love dragon quest

  • Nagato

    Hopefully they’ll fire Inafune, and then turn MN9 into the multimedia franchise he intended it to be without him.

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Come on Level 5, you’re better than that.

  • Envy Noson

    It’s like drinking poison and assuming you’re immune to it.

  • Darkrulershadowlord007

    They only developed Dragon Quest VIII as far as I know, Square Enix developed the other main titles.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Level 5 are talented at making games, so hopefully they make some good MegaMan type games. The only problem is inheriting the reputation of Mighty No.9

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Level-5, what the fuck; just because you got a load of money in recent times doesn’t mean you should blow it all willy nilly! This is a company who blew through way more time and money than what they needed before putting out a mediocre piece of shit that gained a huge amount of hate towards it during its development.

  • King of Zeroes

    …why would anybody buy Comcept?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    The hatred is too deeply embedded into MN9. Best thing would be to make a new series.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I think you mean you love Dark Cloud and honestly; you deserved to have lost that 150 dollars.

  • Nagato

    Perhaps, but I believe a bigger punishment would be watching it become a success without him attached to it.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    They also did DQIX.

  • SpecialK

    Huh. Well, that was unexpected. Maybe with some competent leadership there’s still some hope to salvage that wrecked Prom Date after all.

  • Warrior90
  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    He’d just spin it into “if it wasn’t for me, it would never have been a thing and the Megaman type of gameplay you know and love would’ve stayed dead”. Better to cut its head off in infancy and have him forever know how shit his attempt was and that no one would support another attempt out of him again than to allow him any pleasure in knowing his baby eventually became a success.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Well, it’s not like Comcept could sink any lower, so maybe they’ll gradually start to not make trash?

  • Mighty No. 56008
  • ProxyDoug

    That’s kinda like dancing with the hot English teacher because she took pity on you.

  • ProxyDoug

    Wow, that went way over my head when I played the game.

  • prince_david

    I was extremely depressed at the time and didn’t have a good sense of what I was doing. But hey thanks for being a typical asshole gamer on the internet.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Depression isn’t a reason to do stupid things. They even had all that shit that happened during development and people giving out ways to get your money back when they closed the doors on refunds. 20 or 30 bucks is a pat on the back “learn from your mistake” but with 150 you need to have your nose forced down into the mistake you made.

  • prince_david

    I’m well aware of my mistake I don’t go backing kickstarters

  • Grey

    I’m… indifferent? At least until they announce what they plan on actually doing with it. I don’t really see this as a good or bad thing. Given the disaster that Might Number 9 was and the lack of anything else of note to come out of Comcept, all I see that Level-5 has acquired is a pre-assembled collection of programmers and hardware. Those same were responsible for a game that bombed, but maybe they were just badly mismanaged. Or maybe they actually suck.

    They have to make something under Level-5 before we’ll be able to tell what effect this change has had.

    EDIT: Seeing other people mention them, I do wonder if this means that Level-5 now has full or partial responsibility for fulfilling MM9 backer rewards.

  • Gileum

    You’re too negative to even comprehend the benefits this will bring.

    -Bigger budgets
    -Better management
    -Less scatterbrained projects and more focus
    -More careful planning
    -And just letting Inafune and his team make games, which he is far better at doing than running a company all on his own.

    But if you’re going to just be insatiably flippant no matter what, then be my guest

  • Gileum

    Everyone here is being so toxic it’s kind of embarrassing.

    Are you really too blind to see the benefits of a well established company now obtaining the full rights to another struggling company?

    Comcept has made some mistakes. I am not ignoring that. But you dont think MAYBE having someone with a little better backing and standing in the industry could fix them up and produce some really fucking good games?

    I dont think you realize who Level-5 is. They are huge in Japan.

    You dont think with Level-5 behind them, they could correct their mistakes? You dont think they wont have a better budget? You dont think they will have better focus and guidance on their projects? Comcept screwed up because they bit off more than they could chew. Tried to do too many things at once and ended up disappointing the majority of their fans because they couldnt focus their efforts on any single thing.

    Comcept isnt INHERENTLY BAD like you’re pretending they are. They had one major release, and they stumbled out of the gates and the company you were all rooting for to be the heroes of your favorite franchise suddenly became your worst enemy, and the entire community spat venom back in their faces.

    This is their second chance. I’m personally asking you to turn off your memes, and hate, and “its trendy and edgy to insult game companies” logic for like 2 minutes and go back to when you first heard about Mighty Number 9 and think about the insane hype you felt for it.

    If Level-5 can recapture just a fraction of that hype, and deliver, I think you’ll all be changing your tune.

  • Mr0303

    Not one of your points is guaranteed by that purchase.

  • Mr0303

    I learned that lesson the hard way as well, but in the end it was a good thing – it made me see all the issues with crowdfunding as a system.

  • Gileum

    Inti Creates doesnt seem to have any issue inheriting Mighty Number 9. It was ONE GAME that let everyone down. I think they deserve another chance. They were TRYING to give us what we wanted and were unprepared.

  • Gileum

    Trash like this comment :|

  • MusouTensei

    This can only be good for Comcept.

  • sAy_YaS

    Still waiting on my backer reward I paid $60 for… Not that I really *want* it, but the principle.

  • Gileum

    That makes no sense. You really think a company would buy another company and they would be like “Welp, the only reason we were able to acquire you is due to a series of poor decision making on your part, leaving you in a financial sore spot. Lets let you keep doing more of the same!”

  • Gileum

    I guess my comment got deleted. Not allowed to be positive about this decision? What do you want? What is the alternative? Do you seriously just want them to fail?

    Here it is again with “less problematic wording”

    Are you really too blind to see the benefits of a well established company now obtaining the full rights to another struggling company?

    Comcept has made some mistakes. I am not ignoring that. But you dont think MAYBE having someone with a little better backing and standing in the industry could fix them up and produce some really fucking good games?

    I dont think you realize who Level-5 is. They are huge in Japan.

    You dont think with Level-5 behind them, they could correct their mistakes? You dont think they wont have a better budget? You dont think they will have better focus and guidance on their projects? Comcept screwed up because they bit off more than they could chew. Tried to do too many things at once and ended up disappointing the majority of their fans because they couldnt focus their efforts on any single thing.

    Comcept isnt INHERENTLY BAD like you’re pretending they are. They had one major release, and they stumbled out of the gates and the company you were all rooting for to be the heroes of your favorite franchise suddenly became your worst enemy, and the entire community spat venom back in their faces.

    This is their second chance. I’m personally asking you to turn off your memes, and hate, and “its trendy and edgy to insult game companies” logic for like 2 minutes and go back to when you first heard about Mighty Number 9 and think about the insane hype you felt for it.

    If Level-5 can recapture just a fraction of that hype, and deliver, I think you’ll all be changing your tune.

  • Mr0303

    “That makes no sense.” – I can break it down point by point for you.

    -Bigger budgets – not necessarily, it depends what kind of games they’ll develop. Considering that the first game is a mobile one, that’s not the case.
    -Better management – how can you possibly know that – it all depends on the manager.
    -Less scatterbrained projects and more focus – this depends on the team members and it won’t be changed by the acquisition
    -More careful planning – see above
    -And just letting Inafune and his team make games, which he is far better at doing than running a company all on his own.- judging by MN9 their quality of games isn’t exactly great.

    “You really think a company would buy another company and they would be
    like “Welp, the only reason we were able to acquire you is due to a
    series of poor decision making on your part, leaving you in a financial
    sore spot. Lets let you keep doing more of the same!”” – no, I don’t think that. Any other strawman positions you want to throw out there?

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Yeah, I think the new Mighty Gunvolt game looks sick.

  • OSad

    Companies buy each other wholesale all the time just for the sake of owning their repertoire of IP’s and talent. Maybe Level-5 sees future potential in Beck, maybe they just wanted a cheap subsidiary to use as a mobile game developer.

    He is right though, there’s no guarantee that Level-5 would concede any benefits to Comcept, and in fact they have no reason or motivation to after the MN9 fiasco. I doubt Inafune would continue working at Comcept for long too, he’s always been fascinated with the western market and I doubt he’ll stand being put to work on mobile games for the Japanese market for too long.

  • Ckarasu

    People like to circlejerk, which makes them feel good in the moment but look super dumb in retrospect.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    My money’s on the latter though Level-5 might eventually use them in a sidescoller filled with shotacon bait. I wonder how much it would take for anyone to devour Capcom.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I don’t think anyone really has any beef for Inti Creates beyond that one censorship thing.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Things that happened with shit companies and dealings that had nothing good come of it:
    Disney with Marvel
    EA with anything
    SquareEnix with Eidos
    Disney with Lucasfilm
    Sony with Capcom when it comes to paying for Street Fighter V
    Bethesda with Fallout
    Konami with Hudson
    Enix with Square

    And so far there hasn’t been any word on Inafune being let go which would make this deal be seen in a far brighter light.

  • Mighty No. 56008

    That begs the question though: who cares?

    I mean, at this point who would want another game from Comcept/Inafune?? With their 2 recent games being “mediocre” at best and the poor handling of their Mighty No. 9 and Red Ash crowdfunding projects, there isn’t exactly any faith or trust behind them. Yeah having Level-5 run the show could improve things, but that’s not a guarantee either.

    I will say this though, as long as they don’t “resolve” the missing physical rewards and portable versions of MN9, I would never even consider buying a game from them ever again.

  • sanic

    So does this mean the vita and 3ds version of might number 5.6 are coming?

  • Sir Sog Muffin

    “Level 5 Founder accidentally buys Comcept during drunken bender”

  • Snorlaxation

    It was on sale? Bargain Bin?

  • Gigi

    The reason people are still pissed off at Comcept (and Inafune) is BECAUSE they were so hyped up for MN9 and then Comcept bungled it so badly the hype died before the game was even released.

    The burden isn’t on gamers to be generous and gentle and forgive the mess that MN9 ended up on blind faith that Comcept will do better this time because someone is there to make them do better. The burden is on Comcept to earn back people’s trust and good faith by producing actually good games in the future. If they can do that then yeah, people will change their tune because there will be actual solid proof instead of ‘g-give them a chance, even if they took your money and wasted it all’.

    You’re not convincing anyone by aggressively stanning for Comcept all over the comments, so give it a rest.

  • Snorlaxation

    You can only go up when you’re at rock bottom. Unless you’ve got shovels

  • -blank-

    Well Atlus showed that could go REALLY WELL sometimes… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6500404dfca5be3fc847289a2cd6be3161ca318845edc7e6fdf64ac1f33bea3b.jpg

    … In all seriousness, it’s hard to say what’ll happen after this, game-wise. My bet is the buy-out was solely for Mighty No. 9; maybe Level 5 sees potential in a franchise provided Inafune wasn’t there to fuck it up. Like buying gold while it’s cheap

  • Fenrir007

    I think the bigger issue is – would this money be better applied elsewhere? Most likely, yes.

  • Fenrir007

    >disses out the japanese gaming industry
    >”leaves” Crapcom to go solo
    >gets a reputation for making shitty games and not delivering on KS promises
    >company now is bought by a japanese company

    It’s like karma. I hope the board of directors of Level-5 is composed of former Capcom people.

  • Fenrir007

    The only people that look dumb in retrospect so far are MN9 backers.

    But hey, it’s better than nothing, right?

  • Fenrir007

    Do you really need to post this twice?

  • AT-LOW

    dont feel bad! everyone makes a bad decision, what matters is you learn from it!
    me and my friends had so much fun playing borderlands1 on PS3! we loved that game! so i preordered borderlands2 for PS3, special edition box… big mistake
    game ran at less than 20FPS on ps3 :( I felt completely betrayed.

    now I never pre-order or kickstarter or pay for a game when it is not released again.
    make sure you can always either
    a) try before buy (piracy if you need to)
    b) return the game if you dont like it

  • Ckarasu

    Not quite.
    “X game is gonna be censored”, which then turns out to not happen: Dumb.
    The entire belief that operation downpour had any great effect on Fates: Dumb, though that game was a mess.

    The phrase diverse being a phrase people get upset about(on its own): Dumb.

    This is not all of you or anything. But people like that look bad.

  • Fenrir007

    None of those have anything to do with Comcept and the failed abortion that was MN9 – which is what this article is about – but good try.

  • Ckarasu

    Uh, but it does have to do with reply I made to the initial post. MN9 was a flop, no doubt, but circlejerks are almost always dumb.

  • Personaknight

    Pulling a Time Warner Cable move is only gonna make the smear on your new name worse.

  • Fenrir007

    The circlejerk was correct in MN9’s case.

  • Ckarasu

    It certainly was. Sometimes the stars align. But we really don’t know what Level 5’s involvement will mean for the studio. Could be good, could be bad.

  • CRES

    Maybe this is why Comcept let IntiCreates make Mighty Gunvolt Burst. They knew this was happening and didn’t care anymore.

  • OSad

    I agree that the missing backer rewards are a huge issue. Level-5 should really help Comcept resolve that situation as quickly as possible to start washing away that stigma, or I wouldn’t recommend anybody support that company either.

    But as far as games are concerned, I dunno. Judge a game by how good it is and how fun it is to you. A game should be able to fall or stand on its own merits irrelevant of the brand or the name of the director attached to it.

  • Mighty No. 56008

    I understand the sentiment behind that thought. People crap on EA all the time, but I’m sure a lot of them still buy a game or 2 from them. Heck, I still bought Metal Gear Solid V even when I loathed the idea of supporting Konami. But as you said, in the end it’s usually the game itself that people really care about. And if the game if the game is that good, people are willing to bend their morals to get their hands on it.

    In all honestly though, at this very moment I highly doubt that any game from Comcept would make me even consider changing my stance with them. Unless the game is so good that it’s considered an instant classic and the birth of a new franchise, I’m wouldn’t lose any sleep over not playing their games ever again.

  • OSad

    That’s fair. I’d still give Red Ash a look depending on how it reviews, but then again, I am the kind of fucked-up degenerate that played MN9, actually liked it, and went back for seconds.

    https://puu.sh/wjsAo/a4eb3603e2.png

  • Mighty No. 56008
  • malbhet

    damn lolXD

  • malbhet

    rotflmao:D I didn’t even remember that in FF9 lol:D

  • malbhet

    Maybe with better management that Ash game Comcept was working on will actually turn out as a true MML spiritual successor… as long as Level 5 has that iron grip around Inafune’s neck at all times that is. Level 5 is a stable company that produces great, polished, games, unlike Comcept.
    I doubt L5 will allow another cringe game from Comcept out the door that didn’t just “Make the Bad Guys cry like an Anime Fan on Prom Night”, but the die hard MM fans as well 0_o

  • Just Tim

    Is Dina still with ComCept? She really did damage on that company, due to her cravings for Genghis Khan.

  • Mr0303

    She left a while ago.