Atlus, Nippon Ichi, From Software And These Other Japanese Companies Are Xbox One Developers

By Spencer . April 23, 2014 . 1:57am

Microsoft is getting ready to bring Xbox One in Japan. The console will launch in the region on September 4 with games like Dead Rising 3 and Crimson Dragon. What’s interesting to note is the list of Japanese developers and publishers signed on to the console.


BlazBlue developer Arc System Works, Shin Megami Tensei studio Atlus, Dark Souls creator From Software, Bravely Default maker Silicon Studio, and Disgaea doods Nippon Ichi Software are all confirmed to be Xbox One developers.


Here’s the full list of companies:

Arc System Works


Access Games




SNK Playmore

Kadokawa Games

Electronic Arts


GungHo Online Entertainment



G rev.



Koei Tecmo Games


Konami Digital Entertainment



Silicon Studio


Square Enix

Spike Chunsoft


Tango Gameworks

2K Games

Take Two Interactive Japan

D3 Publisher

Nippon Ichi Software


Bandai Namco Games

Bandai Namco Studio

From Software

Bethesda Softworks

Marvelous AQL





Land Ho


Warner Entertainment Japan

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  • AlphaSixNine

    Interesting. Maybe I’ll finally get a reason to own an XBox.

    • Anthony Birken

      One of my only reasons for ever having an xbox was Tales of Vesperia

  • Go2hell66

    so when are we gonna see some games?

  • Don’t know if we’ll see any of their exclusive titles from other consoles on the Xbox One, but it will be interesting to see what they get, though.

  • Shady Shariest

    Nippon Ichi? This will be interesting.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    wow what a List *sees EA* some consuls can’t get away from cancer

    • Morningstar

      Isn’t cancer by definition incurable?

  • Freud_Hater

    Huh, Atlus, Take Two, 2K, CyberConnect2, Arc System… All excellent development companies. Now to see if they actusally make good gamesd for the system in the end…

  • FiveOVER

    Probably multiplat.

  • anthony apduhan

    And now it begins…

  • Locklear93

    Bear in mind that Nippon Ichi was confirmed as an Xbox360 developer back in the day, too:

    Until we actually see game announcements, it doesn’t mean a lot.

    • majestix1988

      i would guess they pushed back due low sales of 360 consoles + due lack of sales on games on the 360 it could not localized on US/EU version]…this is why mostly 360 japanese games[mostly exclusives] never make it..due low budget issues due lack of sales of japanese version[only multiplatform versions saved them to be released on US]

      i think the only game released on 360 is Cross Edge[NIS]

      • Hector Velar

        yeah and you will think they will learn fron their mistakes…

      • Locklear93

        Cross Edge wasn’t developed by NIS. It was published in the USA by NIS America, but it’s actually an Idea Factory game.

  • Looks like a few niche companies that supported 360 are sticking around like Cave and Experience.

    No idea what Nippon Ichi will do, not even NIS America touched XBOX before.

  • Kornelious

    ……….As long as there are no exclusives, or greedy buy-outs then I could care less >:(

    • brian

      You could care less?

      • Kornelious

        I;m not a big fan of Microsoft. Especially after Tales of Vesperia and a few others, So as long as they don’t pull the same crap, yes I could care less…….

        • Silent Aaron

          I think you mean you couldn’t care less…

          • brian

            Exactly the reason I asked since I think of the caring continuum each time that phrase comes up:
            I suppose we could all have negative amounts of caring, but that’d defeat the purpose of such a statement.

          • Kornelious

            Oh….I knew that……But yes I COULDN’T care less………

        • LaserVision


          So what did you want MS to do? Say “No we do not want this really good RPG released on our system.”?

          • Kornelious

            It’s that they didn’t want any other system having the game :(

  • Federico

    I wonder if it’s going to be like on 360. I mean most of the good games ended up being ported to ps3 anyways, even if some never made it out of japan.

  • dahuuuundge

    Does this mean King of Fighters XIV is finally coming out?

  • DoctorButler

    Atlus, Qute G.Rev, Cave, Moss, Hamster and From Soft.

    I hope this isn’t a repeat of last gen; where 360 got a vast array of shmup ports and PS3 got, like, three, forcing fans to buy an otherwise worthless brick of plastic to play 12 games.

    • CozyAndWarm

      12 games is a lot. Sounds like a lot more than a “worthless brick of plastic” to me.

      • Theob Vious Choice

        12 games is a lot when you’re coming from a console generation that just barely broke a thousand games at best at the end of the lifecycle, when last gen a system almost reached 4k.

  • Theob Vious Choice

    Stick to Sony for your JRPG/Jgame and niche combat needs.
    They may be slow to start but that’s the same as last gen, took them a few years to jump from PS2/PS3 full bore.
    If you want a superior library, continue to support the system that will have it.
    Unless you also really enjoy Doritocratic games, then again I can’t blame you since I’ve played my fair share of CoD, Halo and L4D, stay frosty my friends and you will not regret it. It’ll be a repeat of last gen, no doubt.

    • landlock

      The XB360 has some rather good exclusive Japanese games though and some that weren’t ported for years. I think it’s better to have both actually.

    • kandori

      Is that why the 360 had all of the Cave ports and other shmups, the better versions of Japanese action games like Bayonetta and Ninja Gaiden, niche games like Earth Defense Force 2017, Bullet Witch, Chromehounds, and other time exclusive games like [email protected] and GalGun? The fact is both consoles were good for Japanese games. PS3 might have had more RPGs, but 360 had more of everything else Japanese.

      • Theob Vious Choice

        1. Shmups: Better on PC, nice all in all, but not a big deal.
        2. Bayonetta /Ninja Gaiden? While those are Japanese games, they’re basically western styled Japanese games, cool and all, but you may as well just play God of War and Assassin’s Creed.
        3. Niche games: Cool, but PS3 has a good amount too.
        4. [email protected] I can understand, though time exclusive doesn’t count when we’re talking over an entire lifecycle. Still a valid point.
        5. To an extent, yes; but most of those Japanese games came to PS3 as well.

        But yeah, I guess we’re talking from different stances. Most of the games you’re talking about I wouldn’t even bother playing, ever. But meh, no point in debating stupid shit; let’s just play video games, fuck it.

        • kandori

          Shmups being better on PC is debatable. While there are certainly more available, and accurate arcade emulation is great, many of the Cave ports aren’t playable in MAME yet, and you’d miss out on arrange modes anyway. And it is a pretty big deal if you’re a fan of the genre at all. There are dozens of them on 360, be it retail releases or xbox live.
          Bayonetta and Ninja Gaiden are absolutely not western styled. You saying that makes me think you’ve never played them, as they are completely different both stylistically and gameplay wise than God of War and Assassin’s Creed. Like, not even close.
          That it does, but that wasn’t really the point of the discussion. Whether or not ps3 has Japanese games was never in question.

          I didn’t mean to “debate” you, I just get annoyed when the whole “360 is only a dude bro FPS console” thing gets thrown around, because it clearly isn’t true. It was the console to own for a long time regardless of the type of games you like, and Sony has been trying hard to appeal to Western gamers since the ps3 and seem to be continuing that with the ps4. And it’s fine if you don’t like the games I mentioned, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

          • Theob Vious Choice

            Let’s just say this.
            Microsoft if you want more shmups, better action ports and early releases for games, but don’t care if your JRPG roster is small and mainly consists of strategy games.
            Sony if you want a decently sized lineup of JRPGs, eventual ports, and want a larger lineup of Japanese games all around, but don’t mind having inferior quality action games.

            The 360 isn’t only a dudebro console, but Xbox brought dudebro gaming to consoles. It wasn’t really there beforehand, and didn’t have any place in the gaming world. Then again, to compromise; sales figures are pretty much the same across both the people who like Mario and the people who like CoD, so they’re both equally bad there. At least it was more about the games and less about the “lifestyle” before then.
            Let’s just say it is debatable that Shmups are better on PC, most games are; but it varies regardless.
            I’ll correct myself, they’re not western styled, they’re action games. There aren’t many differences between action games whether they’re Western or Eastern. If there are to you, that’s cool; I can probably see what you’re talking about to some degree since the games are pretty different indeed. Not quite the difference between Sonic and Mario, but almost (to use a gameplay example)
            If Sony has been appealing to Western gamers, good on them; that’s cool. At least they aren’t completely encompassed by it like Microsoft, who may have released a select group of decent Japanese games on their consoles.

            There, let’s just say Xbox wins out in certain territory and Playstation wins out in other territory. Honestly I went into this thinking nobody gave a shit about most of those games, I have never met or spoken to (even online) someone who actually enjoyed console shmups, this is a first for me.

            Anyway, even I can say I like doritos, hot pockets and mountain dew sometimes.

        • CozyAndWarm

          Are you seriously suggesting God of War and Assassin’s Creed as equivalents to Bayonetta and Ninja Gaiden? whatamireading.jpg

          • Theob Vious Choice

            Not necessarily equivalents (because that would be insane), but more or less they’re all hack and slash combat games, some with more stealth and hidey bullshit than the others. Jumping around, walking around, slashing shit because it’s a combat game.
            Sure the quality may be different, and the gameplay may be vastly different (for the genre), but shit it’s the same genre. There isn’t all that much difference there whether you’re playing one from the west or from the east. Slash, kill, run around, slash, kill (maybe a quicktime event) run around, a cinematic, slash kill run around. The action genre at least isn’t antiquated and in risk of disappearing altogether someday (like JRPGs).
            Hell, pretty much nothing has changed since 1986 with JRPGs. Still walk around a world map, still get random encounters or wandering monsters, still have stationed boss monsters in dungeons.
            WRPGs however, are entirely different; those more or less usually have either an open world, combat that would feel more at home in an action game, focus on weaponry and stat building and are usually just a giant sandbox. The difference from Skyrim to Dragon Warrior is vastly different than the difference between whatever the latest big JRPG was to Dragon Warrior.

    • CozyAndWarm

      Have you not been here since E3? Sony is full-on Doritocratic now. Their Japanese support (especially exclusive support) is just about the lowest in its entire history (although Japanese support across all consoles is down, admittedly).

      • Theob Vious Choice

        Still nowhere near as bad as Xbox is, and will continue to be. I wouldn’t say not having as much Japanese support immediately equals Doritocratic, Doritocratic is when the primary games and audience of a console consists of primarily dudebros, murica’ buffs, and people who ingest much greyscale in their diet.
        As much as I think it’s a bit early to be calling shots, nobody can really tell me that Microsoft will ever support the JRPG and Japanese game scene more than Sony. (at least short of ones that involve pissed off firecrotch women slicing people up that may as well have been made by American developers, or games about Yakuza.) Hell, Microsoft might actually have a good selection of games on XBONE in the end, but looking at the end result from PS3/360, it’s pretty obvious who has more in that regard.
        The main reason I’m even talking about it is because JGAME fanbases have been on the rag lately in the states. For the longest time until 2013 the comment of “Japanese games are dead.” would be met with agreement most of the time. Suddenly you have games like Ni no Kuni come out and people are all batshit crazy about them again. I’m not even going to get started on the backwards opinions and defenses of Xbox fans regarding the One.
        In the end, I doubt Xbox One will even out all all by comparison to PS4 at the end of their lifecycle. You can own both, that’s excellent; but I’m not buying an Xbox One and if someone who was a JGAME fan had to choose between them, they’d be best off picking the PS4 if they’re looking long term. Sure, there’s shit for games on it now (pretty much all around, who gives a damn about any of it, it’s just a bunch of FPS games and plaid wearing indie garbage, but that’s just me). Then again, the PS3 was pretty much equally shit at launch as well. It took the PS3 about 2-3 years to finally have a decent library of Japanese games, and it just got progressively larger and better (naturally).
        Think about it, the first games that are ever released on new gen systems even from established genre are quirky and overcompensating garbage usually. (let’s take JRPGs for instance) Does anyone really think Natural Doctrine looks good? I sure as hell don’t, but it’s the same thing as last gen. An ambitious project for the JRPG genre, primarily based in strategy RPG crap (I find SRPGs to be incredibly boring, whether it’s FFTactics, or Disgaea, I can’t play that shit.) It’ll probably be 2016 or 2017 before you start seeing a library pick up on PS4 to any real degree. But during that period I guarantee you what will be happening on Xbox One will involve competitive first person shooting ultra greyscale gaming with some 12 year old calling some guy a virgin on a “brand new revolutionary IP” which is basically just a reskinned CoD.

        TL;DR: Sony take a while to pick up with Japanese games, but at least they end up with the larger library.

  • hazelnut1112

    Like every developer list. It will have a lot of publishers and then the list will dwindle down to only a select few.

  • Heath Bunch

    Sony had a huge list for PS4 too. It doesn’t mean those companies are actually developing games for these systems.

  • CozyAndWarm

    Neat! Hopefully some games materialize from these devs, I know I’m pretty excited to see how D4 from swery65 turns out.

  • Pyrofrost

    Incoming SMT: NINE-2

  • LaserVision

    Honestly, I just think all that this means is that these companies are going multiplatform. I think in most cases if it’s not multiplatform, it’ll probably be PS4 exclusive.

  • Kai2591

    Hmm no Gust.

    • Sylveria

      I’d imagine Gust falls under that Tecmo Koei umbrella these days. Though I would hope TK is smart enough not to make Gust waste the probable pittance they give them in a budget to make their stuff multiplatform.

      • Kai2591

        Hmm yeah that makes sense.
        Yeah I guess they should just stick to Sony platforms and not waste precious resources…

  • Sylveria

    Doubt we’ll see a lot come of this. The Xbox install base in the west has never cared about Japanese games outside of a very small selection and Japan has never had an Xbox install base to speak of. Any smart eastern developer is going to see going for Japanese appeal on the Xbone as a waste of resources, much as it was on the 360.

  • ishyg

    I hope none of those are under the [email protected] program, release parity sucks for multiplatform games.

  • Bender Rodriguez

    Yeah this list is padded shit. Most of these devs never made or even published a game for Windows, let alone xbox/360.

    MS is really grasping at straws here. They don’t want to admit how screwed they are in Japan. Xbone will flop even harder than the 360 did. Listing Bandai Namco twice, listing developers that are making multiplats for practically every system in existence, listing Cave even after they confirmed they aren’t making games anymore due to DoDonPachi flopping on 360, etc. MS is done for in Japan.

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