3D Dot Game Heroes Developer Funds Game Republic Manager’s New Studio

By Spencer . August 9, 2011 . 1:10pm

ilinx Sadly, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom developer Game Republic quietly closed earlier this year. One former employee landed on his feet and opened a brand new video game studio in Tokyo.


Hiroyuki Tanaka, the lead programmer on Folklore and the studio manager, opened ilinx a few months before Game Republic closed. The new company is located in Ebisu, one subway stop from Game Republic’s headquarters in Meguro. As of April 2011, ilinx has fourteen employees. It’s unclear if Ilinx hired any disfranchised Game Republic staff. Ilinx plans on developing games for smartphones like iPhone and Android as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles. As of now, no games have been announced.


Silicon Studios, creators of 3D Dot Game Heroes, believes in ilinx. They’re are a major shareholder of the fledgling studio who are learning about the Scrum software development process.

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  • malek86

    Interesting to see more japanese companies focusing on new generation smartphones. And I bet their PS3/360 titles wil be downloadable games.

    Anyway, this does make me wonder if Okamoto is on board too. Probably not, or we would know it.

  • PrinceHeir

    hope they can build their resume by releasing DL games first or handhelds, and if they feel confident and has a clear vision, proceed on making console games.

  • I didn’t know that Game Republic closed down:( I am genuinely saddened here. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom was a awesome title.  And Folklore – handicapped by being a PS3 launch window game – was pretty great too. Haven’t played that other game they did about the Knight and the witch (it’s in my GameQ), but I’m certain it couldn’t have been bad enough to shut the studio down.

    I hope this new studio finds some success for sure. I also hope they do some stuff for PSN and XBLA. Lower risk, you know. And you reach all sorts of gamers who would otherwise ignore games like Majin or …whatever that game was called about the Knight and the witch. Man….what was it? 

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