Summon Night Developer’s Old Office Building Demolished

By Spencer . March 7, 2011 . 2:24am

Back in August, we reported Flight Plan, the studio behind the Summon Night series and Eternal Poison, quietly closed their doors. This is what their Gifu headquarters like back then.


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The rubble below is what used to be Flight Plan’s office building.



Poor Flight Plan. Since Banpresto owned the Summon Night property, it’s now in the hands of Namco Bandai. A number of Flight Plan employees moved on to Apollosoft and another Gifu based company, Nippon Ichi, published their first game, Blue Roses: The Fairy and the Blue Eyed Warriors.  We haven’t heard any news regarding Apollosoft since the PSP game’s release last year.

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  • That’s sad, I really liked the Black/Matrix series and was hoping to see another someday, Eternal Poison was a cool little game too; SRPGs just get rarer and rarer :(

    • z_merquise

      Though I’m not familiar of Flight Plan’s games, I gotta agree that it looked very sad to see companies like these close. Hope the people there find better jobs in another company. Hey, I heard that Shinji Mikami’s studio, Tango, were still hiring, so maybe they can apply there?

      Also, I think SRPGs are not getting rare. There’s Valkyria Chronicles 3, Super Robot Taisen Z 2 and Queen’s Gate: Spiral Chaos. Well yeah, they were all in Japanese (with 2 of them getting a slim chance for English localization) but heck, it’s better than nothing at all.

    • Eeeeeh Black/Matrix was developed by flight plan? I was interested in the series when I saw my cousin playing it at his house, but didn’t want to get the game because it was japanese only :(

      • You should definitely give them a try.
        Many of the games in the series can easily be found on ebay for $10~$20 for PS1, Sega Saturn, and Dreamcast (and on the Jap PSN for even less).

        Plus, there are a number of FAQs/Walkthroughs available on the internet for those that aren’t so Japanese-savvy.

  • Hey Namco Bandai, you should do a Summon Knight collection pack as a final send off for Flight Plan. And release it in the west :D

    • Kunio_kun

      I would have just settled for someone to localize the DS versions of SN 1 & 2, to see what the main games were like in English…
      Also kinda surprised Atlus didn’t bother with SN X: Tears Crown, but I guess they went with a moneymaker like Naruto instead :(

  • I wonder how many copies of Summon Night Swordcraft Story were sold in the west on the basis that you could play as a girl and end up engaged to a female summon spirit.

    They even put a screenshot of the girl character saying “I kiss other girls all the time” on the box.

  • Ladius

    This is really, really sad :( I was a huge fan of Summon Night and I played the original Black Matrix and Poison Pink, sadly I never had the chance to enjoy Dragon Shadow Spell…

    I wish them the best of luck with their new Apollosoft adventure, even if the sales of Blue Roses were apparently bad : Let’s hope NiS America localizes that game.

  • Zero_Destiny

    I’ve only played Swordcraft story games and the Twin Age game but this makes me very sad. :( Let’s just hope with the building destroyed the employees can only look ahead to the future and carve a new story of awesome games.

  • Pichi

    Hate to see companies go like this. Glad other have found jobs around the area. But with the franchise in Namco’s hands, the franchise is dead.

  • JustaGenericUser

    A sad end for Flight Plan… :(

  • It really is a shame.

    As someone who has imported/played many of Flight Plan’s games (DSS, B/M, SN), it really breaks my heart seeing their office building end up like that…

    @Poison Pink/Eternal Poison:
    Love the game, but thanks to Kira Buckland being in the English version, just seeing the cover art makes me gag a little bit.

    I really hope that those at Bandai Namco see fit to bring some more of Flight Plan’s games stateside. It would be a sin to let many of their great games remain in Japan.

    Also, here’s hoping that we see an English release of Blue Roses in the near future.

  • I have no words. :'(

  • Wtf is wrong with this world. These guys just made great games, im sure they didnt went on bankrupt, because these series were always loved in japan, im sure it must had been something else

  • This is a bittersweet ending; @NamcoBandai, if you’re not gonna promote #SummonNight anymore, sell the entire Intellectual Property to someone who truly cares about it. It’s pretty much clear that #Dragonball pretty much has >90.00% of the marketing budget. >_>

  • PrinceHeir

    it’s always sad to see a company closing it’s doors not to mention they’re offices being demolished. hopefully the employers can find a new job soon

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