Arc System Works Launches North American Branch

Arc System Works has announced they’re launching a North American branch.

The new division will be known as Arc System Works America, and it will be headquartered in Torrance, California.

Here’s a statement from company president and CEO Minoru Kidooka:

“With our new branch ‘Arc System Works America, Inc.’ we will better be able to open the channels of communication between fan and developer, ensuring your voices are heard and most importantly applied,” said company president and CEO, Minoru Kidooka.

“I look forward to our latest challenge of establishing a new branch and continuing to develop exciting and innovative experiences for all the fans who made this next stage in our company’s history possible.”

The company’s games have traditionally been localized and published by Aksys Games in the Americas – it remains to be seen what this means for them as Arc System Works will presumably operate independently now in the region.

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  • Funtime Happysnacks

    thank god it’s not in sanfran

  • Audie Bakerson

    It’s worse: Torrance is just outside LA

  • EroBotan

    i hope this doesn’t mean censorship in their future games


    I love Arc System Works. Hopefully this is good news.

  • BFG

    Either that or expect the usual poor translation work since this kind of job has no appeal to people fluent in japanese

  • michail st

    more vn from them on english…good

  • edge

    Ugh, I hope this doesn’t open the door to them hearing SJWs and ruining their games because of the easier communication. The main benefit to Japanese games is them being able to not heard the retarded western political climate.

  • edge

    You suddenly got me super concerned about the future translations, as I can really only remember XSeed as being competent translators in the gaming community.

  • Mr0303

    ” we will better be able to open the channels of communication between fan and developer” – hopefully you’ll get the message that your DLC practices suck, but Crapcom having different branches all around the world didn’t help, so I doubt it.

  • BFG

    XSeed. Competent. Hah

    They’re not as terrible as NISA and Aksys, but they’re still pretty mediocre.

  • Shadowed Heart

    In before their games are fucked big time.

  • mew

    Aksys’s translations are generally pretty bad, so it can only be a step up.

  • ProxyDoug

    Aaaaand now it goes to shit.

  • Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.

  • Rarer, less disingenuous and less egregious.

  • Pilebunker

    Can’t even be optimistic about this.

  • Jack Thompson

    I recall hearing several titles they have are forced English dub because some other company was screwing them over on international rights to VAs or some shit.

  • Rio Kamichika

    California is mostly hispanic, so….BlazBlue and Guilty Gear now in spanish traslation? I hope so

  • Shadowed Heart

    It will, they’re in California, a SJW cesspit.

  • VersVlees

    They are opening shop in Cali you know they are going to hire snowflakes who will triggered by weeb games. The Japanese devs may give zero fucks about muh feefees in the West. The ones that localize those games might get triggered and gut the game because of muh misogyny.

    I get the impression that people like Tom from Xseed are regrettably not the standard in this type of localization office.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    I see the unoriginal California SJW jokes have arrived.

  • EroBotan

    lol, so true!

  • edge

    You find them undeserved or just have a distaste for the lack of originality?

  • Z3DH

    What do you mean “jokes?” There is nothing funny or joking about it.

  • Z3DH

    I wish I knew they were going to do this before I preordered Dragon Ball FighterZ

  • CatCouch

    Please, please, please don’t let this mean they are going to “westernize” future titles and remove characters like Makoto Nanaya and Dizzy because the west “doesn’t like sexy” or some crap like that. That will kill these games for me.

    The Japanese art is what draws me to these games, making it appeal to western audiences that don’t already care about what’s there will just dilute what I like and make it a more boring, safe game that I won’t want to buy.

    Capcom with MVC Infinite already went that way and it’s the biggest disappointment in years for me. I want Felicia back in…

  • snugdarkly

    Someone nuke Cali already. Please.

  • snugdarkly

    It’s Cali, it’s not.

  • Scottie Thompson

    Opening a U.S. Branch. Why? In Commiefornia of all places. An even bigger WHY?!