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Creator: Level-5
aka: LEVEL 5

Once there was this game developing company called Riverhillsoft, who began with the Adventure Game J.B. Harold Murder Club and went on to produce such timeless classics like... uh... Over Blood...? 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 Sony Computer Entertainment, and went to produce some respectably good sellers for the then-newborn PlayStation 2, especially the Dark Cloud series. That company's name is Level-5 Inc. 『株式会社レベルファイブ』 , and they only got bigger.

A few years later the company would get its two next big-titles, the first being unexpectedly ordered by Square Enix: Dragon Quest VIII, which also sold like crazy, and solidified their relationship (Level 5 would be later hired to produce Dragon Quest IX). The other title was an action-RPG ordered by Sony again, Rogue Galaxy. 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 (like Inazuma Eleven series), while still being chums with Sony (Jeanne D Arc, White Knight Chronicles), and working with Nintendo too (Professor Layton).

Non-sequel future projects include:

  • A PSP horror-RPG called Ushiro, which, after months of silence and removal from the official website, may or may not be canceled.
  • Youkai Watch, their newest unveiling, for an unannounced platform is shaping up to be a multimedia franchise like Layton and Inazuna Eleven.

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

Level-5: making something for everybody.

Level-5 produced the following games:

Tropes associated with Level-5:

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alternative title(s): Level 5
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