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Arc System Works is a Japanese video game company. Founded in 1988 as Arc Co., Ltd., it spent its early years laboring in obscurity as a contract developer for the likes of Creator/{{Sega}}, Face and Banpresto before coming into its own as a publisher in 1995. Since then it has created quite a few of the modern {{fighting game}}s. Examples include ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', ''Franchise/BlazBlue'', and ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia''.

Not to be confused with the similarly named but otherwise unrelated [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aksys Games]], a North American distributor known for publishing many of their games in the US. They also have a European branch in the form of Zen United/[=pQube=].

The main team responsible for ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' and ''Franchise/BlazBlue'', originally named "Team Neo Blood," was composed of ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'', and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' developers, which explains why many characters in the first ''Guilty Gear'' game are blatant {{exp|y}}ies or amalgamations of characters from those games, and typical gameplay in their titles tends to be heavily high-damage and combo-oriented, with lots of juggling.

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!Early games developed by Arc for other companies:
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* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' (UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis version)
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' (UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem version)
* ''VideoGame/MichaelJacksonsMoonwalker'' (UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem version)
* ''VideoGame/{{Minesweeper}}'' (UsefulNotes/GameBoy and [[UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 PC Engine]] versions)
* ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory''
* ''[[VideoGame/SolomonsKey Zipang]]'' ([[UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 PC Engine]] version)
* ''Franchise/{{Ys}}''
** ''Ys IV: Mask of the Sun'' (UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version)
** ''Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand'' (UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version)

!Games and series developed by Arc System Works (in whole or in part):
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* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3'' (console and PC ports only)
* ''VideoGame/ArcStyleBaseball3D''
* ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia''
* ''Franchise/BlazBlue''
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger''
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift''
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma''
** ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction BlazBlue: Central Fiction]]''
** ''VisualNovel/XBlazeCodeEmbryo''
** ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCrossTagBattle''
* ''[[VideoGame/ShikigamiNoShiro Castle Shikigami III]]'' (co-developed by Alfa System)
[[/index]]
* ''VideoGame/ChaosCode'' (publisher)
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonIV''
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ: Supersonic Warriors''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butouden''
** ''VideoGame/{{Dragon Ball FighterZ}}''
* the ''Family/Okiraku [X]'' game series on [[/index]]UsefulNotes/{{WiiWare}} and on UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 3DS}} via eShop[[index]]
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* ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarTwinBlueStarsOfJudgment''
* ''VisualNovel/GetsueiAcademyKou'' (a former doujin game in collaboration with Creator/TomokazuSugita)
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''
* ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising'' (co-developed with Creator/{{Konami}})
* ''VideoGame/{{Hoshigami|RuiningBlueEarth}} [[VideoGameRemake Remix]]''
* ''Magical Beat''
* ''One Piece: Grand Pirate Colosseum''
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]''
** ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' (in collaboration with Creator/{{Atlus}})
** ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax'' (in collaboration with Creator/{{Atlus}})
* ''[[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Sengoku Basara X]]'' (in collaboration with Creator/{{Capcom}})
* ''Tokyo Twilight: Ghost Hunters'' (co-developed with Toy Box, Inc.)
* ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'' (co-developed with French Bread)
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!Games and series acquired by Arc System Works from Technos Japan
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''
* ''VideoGame/KunioKun''
* ''VideoGame/SuperDodgeBall''
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