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5th Dec '12 8:58:57 AM justanid
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Once there was this game developing company called Riverhillsoft, who began with the AdventureGame ''J.B. Harold Murder Club'' and went on to produce such timeless classics like... uh... ''VideoGame/OverBlood''...? Anyway, in 1998, two years before Riverhillsoft disbanded, one of its members, Akihiro Hino, left to produce his own game developing company, being particularly supported by Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment, and went to produce some respectably good sellers for the then-newborn PlayStation2, especially the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series. That company's name is Level-5, and they only got bigger.

A few years later the company would get its two next big-titles, the first being unexpectedly ordered by Creator/SquareEnix: ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', which also sold like crazy, and solidified their relationship (Level 5 would be later hired to produce ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''). The other title was an action-RPG ordered by Sony again, ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy''. In just four short years, Level-5 went from small startup studio to one of the premier RPG developers in Japan, and have enjoyed immense critical and commercial success. Soon it started publishing its own titles in Japan (notably their best-selling ''ProfessorLayton'' and ''InazumaEleven'' series), while still being chums with Sony (''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'', ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'').

Future projects include (besides more sequels for some of the beforementioned games):

* An RPG called ''NiNoKuni'', developed alongside ''StudioGhibli''. And before you ask, yes. And before the next question, it [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/namco-bandai-will-publish-ni-no-kuni-for-playstation-3-in-the-u-s-and-europe/ has been confirmed for localization]] in N.A. and Europe
* A PSP horror-RPG called ''Ushiro'', which, after months of silence and removal from the official website, may or may not be canceled.
* ''Fantasy Life'', another [=3DS=] game.
* ''Youkai Watch'', [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/youkai-watch-is-another-new-level-5-franchise/ their newest unveiling]], for an unannounced platform is shaping up to be a multimedia franchise like Layton and Inazuna Eleven.
* ''Guild02''

The company will also be opening an American publisher branch soon. Maybe this means their titles will start avoiding ScheduleSlip. Only time will tell.

Level-5: making something for everybody.

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!!Level-5 produced the following games:

* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'', soon followed by a sequel called ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' ([[MarketBasedTitle or ''Dark Cloud 2'' if you live in America]]).
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''
* ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy''
* ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''
* The ''InazumaEleven'' series.
* The ''ProfessorLayton'' series.
* ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'' (plus sequel)
* ''NiNoKuni'' (one version for the DS, one for the PS3).
* ''[[DanballSenki The Little Battlers]]''
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''
* ''Time Travelers''
* ''Fantasy Life''
* ''Girls RPG: Cinderelife''
* ''Guild01''
** ''[[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}} Crimson Shroud]]''
** ''Liberation Maiden''
** ''Aero Porter''
** ''Rental Bukiya de Omasse''
* A bunch of cellphone games [[NoExportForYou that never saw the light of day in the West]].
* Two titles were planned but cancelled: Ushiro, for the PSP; and True Fantasy Live Online, for the Xbox. Work on the former may or may not be resumed.

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Tropes associated with Level-5.

* CelShading: ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' is considered one of the pioneers in the use of cel-shading in video games, and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' was widely praised for being one of the most gorgeous cel-shaded titles on the PlayStation2. The trailer for the PS3 version of ''NiNoKuni'' shows that they haven't lost their touch when it comes to this.
* SceneryPorn
* ScheduleSlip: Their recent games are getting pretty bad about this, in regards to Western releasing. ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'' took 14 months to be released in the US, while ''[[ProfessorLayton Professor Layton and the Unwound Future]]'' took ''22''. ''InazumaEleven'' takes the cake, though - it was released in Europe in January 2011, '''two and a half years''' after its Japanese release.
* SeriousBusiness: Puzzles, football, and model kit are taken to new levels in their games.

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Once there was this game developing company called Riverhillsoft, who began with the AdventureGame ''J.B. Harold Murder Club'' and went on to produce such timeless classics like... uh... ''VideoGame/OverBlood''...? Anyway, in 1998, two years before Riverhillsoft disbanded, one of its members, Akihiro Hino, left to produce his own game developing company, being particularly supported by Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment, and went to produce some respectably good sellers for the then-newborn PlayStation2, especially the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series. That company's name is Level-5, and they only got bigger.

A few years later the company would get its two next big-titles, the first being unexpectedly ordered by Creator/SquareEnix: ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', which also sold like crazy, and solidified their relationship (Level 5 would be later hired to produce ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''). The other title was an action-RPG ordered by Sony again, ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy''. In just four short years, Level-5 went from small startup studio to one of the premier RPG developers in Japan, and have enjoyed immense critical and commercial success. Soon it started publishing its own titles in Japan (notably their best-selling ''ProfessorLayton'' and ''InazumaEleven'' series), while still being chums with Sony (''VideoGame/JeanneDArc'', ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'').

Future projects include (besides more sequels for some of the beforementioned games):

* An RPG called ''NiNoKuni'', developed alongside ''StudioGhibli''. And before you ask, yes. And before the next question, it [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/namco-bandai-will-publish-ni-no-kuni-for-playstation-3-in-the-u-s-and-europe/ has been confirmed for localization]] in N.A. and Europe
* A PSP horror-RPG called ''Ushiro'', which, after months of silence and removal from the official website, may or may not be canceled.
* ''Fantasy Life'', another [=3DS=] game.
* ''Youkai Watch'', [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/youkai-watch-is-another-new-level-5-franchise/ their newest unveiling]], for an unannounced platform is shaping up to be a multimedia franchise like Layton and Inazuna Eleven.
* ''Guild02''

The company will also be opening an American publisher branch soon. Maybe this means their titles will start avoiding ScheduleSlip. Only time will tell.

Level-5: making something for everybody.

----
!!Level-5 produced the following games:

* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'', soon followed by a sequel called ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' ([[MarketBasedTitle or ''Dark Cloud 2'' if you live in America]]).
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''
* ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy''
* ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''
* The ''InazumaEleven'' series.
* The ''ProfessorLayton'' series.
* ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'' (plus sequel)
* ''NiNoKuni'' (one version for the DS, one for the PS3).
* ''[[DanballSenki The Little Battlers]]''
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''
* ''Time Travelers''
* ''Fantasy Life''
* ''Girls RPG: Cinderelife''
* ''Guild01''
** ''[[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}} Crimson Shroud]]''
** ''Liberation Maiden''
** ''Aero Porter''
** ''Rental Bukiya de Omasse''
* A bunch of cellphone games [[NoExportForYou that never saw the light of day in the West]].
* Two titles were planned but cancelled: Ushiro, for the PSP; and True Fantasy Live Online, for the Xbox. Work on the former may or may not be resumed.

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Tropes associated with Level-5.

* CelShading: ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'' is considered one of the pioneers in the use of cel-shading in video games, and ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' was widely praised for being one of the most gorgeous cel-shaded titles on the PlayStation2. The trailer for the PS3 version of ''NiNoKuni'' shows that they haven't lost their touch when it comes to this.
* SceneryPorn
* ScheduleSlip: Their recent games are getting pretty bad about this, in regards to Western releasing. ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'' took 14 months to be released in the US, while ''[[ProfessorLayton Professor Layton and the Unwound Future]]'' took ''22''. ''InazumaEleven'' takes the cake, though - it was released in Europe in January 2011, '''two and a half years''' after its Japanese release.
* SeriousBusiness: Puzzles, football, and model kit are taken to new levels in their games.
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1st Dec '12 3:02:45 AM KuroBaraHime
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* ''Guild01

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* ''Guild01''Guild01''
1st Dec '12 3:02:36 AM KuroBaraHime
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* ''Guild01: [[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}} Crimson Shroud]]''

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* ''Guild01: [[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}} ''Guild01
** ''[[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}}
Crimson Shroud]]''Shroud]]''
** ''Liberation Maiden''
** ''Aero Porter''
** ''Rental Bukiya de Omasse''
22nd Nov '12 12:04:39 PM Sahgo
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* A new title for the [[Nintendo3DS 3DS]], [[PlayStationPortable PSP]] and the [[PlayStationVita PlayStaion Vita]] called ''TimeTravelers''.
6th Oct '12 4:45:54 AM TropeEater
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* An RPG called ''NiNoKuni'', developed alongside that [[SarcasmMode mildly popular]] animation studio, ''StudioGhibli''. And before you ask, yes. And before the next question, it [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/namco-bandai-will-publish-ni-no-kuni-for-playstation-3-in-the-u-s-and-europe/ has been confirmed for localization]] in N.A. and Europe

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* An RPG called ''NiNoKuni'', developed alongside that [[SarcasmMode mildly popular]] animation studio, ''StudioGhibli''. And before you ask, yes. And before the next question, it [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/namco-bandai-will-publish-ni-no-kuni-for-playstation-3-in-the-u-s-and-europe/ has been confirmed for localization]] in N.A. and Europe
25th Sep '12 8:33:35 PM Sahgo
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25th Sep '12 8:32:31 PM Sahgo
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* Guild01: [[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}} Crimson Shroud]]
* ''Girls RPG: Cinderelife'', a 3DS renewal of a hostess sim originally made for mobile phones. Currently set for a February 2012 release in Japan.

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* Guild01: [[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}} Crimson Shroud]]
* ''Girls RPG: Cinderelife'', a 3DS renewal of a hostess sim originally made for mobile phones. Currently set for a February 2012 release in Japan.
''Guild02''


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* ''Girls RPG: Cinderelife''
* ''Guild01: [[{{VideoGame/CrimsonShroud}} Crimson Shroud]]''
* ''NiNoKuni''
27th Jul '12 8:50:13 AM Telcontar
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* An RPG called ''NiNoKuni'', developed alongside that [[SarcasmMode mildly popular]] animation studio, ''StudioGhibli''. And before you ask, [[AndTheFandomRejoiced yes]]. And before the next question, it [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/namco-bandai-will-publish-ni-no-kuni-for-playstation-3-in-the-u-s-and-europe/ has been confirmed for localization]] in N.A. and Europe

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* An RPG called ''NiNoKuni'', developed alongside that [[SarcasmMode mildly popular]] animation studio, ''StudioGhibli''. And before you ask, [[AndTheFandomRejoiced yes]].yes. And before the next question, it [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/14/namco-bandai-will-publish-ni-no-kuni-for-playstation-3-in-the-u-s-and-europe/ has been confirmed for localization]] in N.A. and Europe
22nd Jul '12 8:35:58 PM Prfnoff
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Once there was this game developing company called Riverhillsoft, who began with the AdventureGame ''J.B. Harold Murder Club'' and went on to produce such timeless classics like... uh... ''VideoGame/{{Overblood}}''...? Anyway, in 1998, two years before Riverhillsoft disbanded, one of its members, Akihiro Hino, left to produce his own game developing company, being particularly supported by Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment, and went to produce some respectably good sellers for the then-newborn PlayStation2, especially the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series. That company's name is Level-5, and they only got bigger.

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Once there was this game developing company called Riverhillsoft, who began with the AdventureGame ''J.B. Harold Murder Club'' and went on to produce such timeless classics like... uh... ''VideoGame/{{Overblood}}''...''VideoGame/OverBlood''...? Anyway, in 1998, two years before Riverhillsoft disbanded, one of its members, Akihiro Hino, left to produce his own game developing company, being particularly supported by Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment, and went to produce some respectably good sellers for the then-newborn PlayStation2, especially the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series. That company's name is Level-5, and they only got bigger.
22nd Jul '12 8:32:24 PM Prfnoff
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Once there was this game developing company called Riverhillsoft, who began with the AdventureGame ''J.B. Harold Murder Club'' and went on to produce such timeless classics like... uh... ''{{Overblood}}''...? Anyway, in 1998, two years before Riverhillsoft disbanded, one of its members, Akihiro Hino, left to produce his own game developing company, being particularly supported by Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment, and went to produce some respectably good sellers for the then-newborn PlayStation2, especially the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series. That company's name is Level-5, and they only got bigger.

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Once there was this game developing company called Riverhillsoft, who began with the AdventureGame ''J.B. Harold Murder Club'' and went on to produce such timeless classics like... uh... ''{{Overblood}}''...''VideoGame/{{Overblood}}''...? Anyway, in 1998, two years before Riverhillsoft disbanded, one of its members, Akihiro Hino, left to produce his own game developing company, being particularly supported by Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment, and went to produce some respectably good sellers for the then-newborn PlayStation2, especially the ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' series. That company's name is Level-5, and they only got bigger.
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