Level 5 Opening Santa Monica Office This September

By Spencer . June 1, 2010 . 11:52pm

imageProfessor Layton and Ni no Kuni developer Level 5 is about to open their first office in the West. Level 5 International America will open their doors this September.


The Fukuoka company picked sunny Santa Monica as their headquarters in North America. Next year, Level 5 plans to expand further with a European branch.


A local Level 5 office means localized Level 5 games. Expect to hear announcements about Level 5’s owned IPs such as Inazuma Eleven, Fantasy Life, and Time Travelers in the future.

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  • Aww man, if only I still lived there. Hey wait.. I still have a chance… “Open one by me!”

  • Yesh! Can’t trust NoA with Inazuma Eleven cause they don’t care about America getting original games so I believe in Level 5 America to do this for us.

    Who knows, they could be the next Atlus/Aksys/Xseed.

    • MrRobbyM

      “They could be the next Atlus/Aksys/Xseed”

      I sure hope so.

    • Yep. I can’t believe XSeed and the rest refused such a potential hit (and it and its sequels are brilliant, says the Level-5 hater).

      • Ereek

        It probably has less to do with refusing and more to do with expensive licensing costs that they are unlikely to make up.

        The same thing happened with Retro Game Challenge.

  • Yeahhhh! one of my favorite branch is getting bigger, wohoo

  • I wonder when they’ll start hiring; I’d like to work for them, just to experience firsthand the videogame industry.

  • epiphaniesarefun

    yay! I like level 5 :)

  • Kris

    I’ve never been a Level 5 fan, but my friend loves their games. It’s good to see them get a US branch!

  • Soma

    Yes! Excellent news. :3 I like this very much.
    Like B4U mentioned, any word on Level 5 doing any hiring?

  • Joanna

    Hopefully this means quicker localization of Level 5 games since the Japanese branch won’t have to work on localizing puzzles and creating new games at the same time. I wonder how this affects Layton. L5 American branch localizing, while NoA publishing?

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