Spike Chunsoft, the Japanese developer known for the Fire Pro Wrestling and Danganronpa franchises, has opened their own studio in North America.
The new American branch is known as Spike Chunsoft, Inc. and it will serve as the base of operations for their global publishing and localization strategy under their Japanese parent company, Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
Here’s a message from company president and CEO Mitsutoshi Sakurai:
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!”
A similar move was made by another Japanese studio, Arc System Works, who announced their own North American localization branch earlier last month.
The developer will release more information regarding this new development at next year’s Game Developers Conference, in March 2018.