Report: Level 5 Opening Office In North America

By Spencer . February 9, 2010 . 2:48pm

imageLevel 5 is going a leap beyond licensing Professor Layton. Akihiro Hino, President, plans on bringing Level 5 (the company) to North America.

 

The report comes from 4gamer, which was at the same company talk for new college graduates as Dengeki. Around the time Hino showed a slide from the luxurious Tokyo office, he announced plans to open a company in North America. This subsidiary will focus on publishing.

 

While Level 5 is known for games like Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, and Dragon Quest VIII overseas, Level 5 also self publishes games based on their own intellectual properties in Japan. This announcement is about publishing those titles – Inazuma Eleven, The Little Battlers, Ni no Kuni: The Another World, Fantasy Life (a project with Brownie Brown), and Professor Layton. Out of those games, only Professor Layton, which is handled by Nintendo, has an outside publisher.

 

Level 5 has a lot of series to publish, but will they be able to breakthrough? Marvelous Interactive tried to do this, but have since reverted back to licensing in North America.


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  • Soma

    Amazing!
    I think that Level 5 has the kind of brass to succeed in North America.
    This is the best news I’ve had all week (so far)! Ni no Kuni is one step closer to possibly seeing a release in NA, and that makes me happy. =3

    Also, will Level 5 be hiring for their new office in North America?

  • http://ofurotaimu.dreamwidth.org shirokiryuu

    Come…come…Level 5… to the Silicon Valley…

  • jj984jj

    Nice! No more waiting to see if Level 5′s published games will make it to NA anymore would be sweet.

    I think Level 5′s highly ambitious software goals and aggressive marketing might have a better chance here than MMV did, but I guess it depends how things start out for them.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    This is awesome news. I really hope they manage well. The IPs they push out are all really worth playing and should be in everyone’s library.
    If they do move here, will they no longer need Nintendo to publish Prof. Layton?

    • malek86

      Considering that last news where Iwata said he was somewhat dissatisfied with Layton’s sales (that guy is just unpleasable), maybe that’s the plan.

  • MisterNiwa

    They should come to Europe aswell, ffs.
    Germans love Professor Layton!

    • badmoogle

      That would have been great but since almost every platform Level 5 likes to work on is region free (except the Wii) it will be very easy to import the NA versions of their games incase they don’t release them in Europe.
      Region free FTW!

      • MisterNiwa

        I already got my WKC Copy imported last week, i totally love it.

        • badmoogle

          I would have imported it as well,but then i would have trouble buying any interesting DLC they release(not the stupid character creation key)

          And i really can’t wait for this game anymore,hopefully amazon.uk got the release date right for once (19th of February.)

  • MrRobbyM

    Yay!The chances of my playing The Another World, Inazuma Eleven and hopefully Oshiro are even greater now!

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    I think the difference is that Level-5 have a creative visionary in the form of Akihiro Hino, which MMV (no offense to Wada-san) seems to lack. Hino himself does the concept work and direction/production for most of L5′s games, which, it would appear, allows them to be a very business-oriented company in their approach to design.

  • speedstersonic

    Where can I apply?!

  • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

    Jeane D’Arc 2 for PS3 please. :)

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