Monolith Soft is a Japanese video game studio founded by Tetsuya Takahashi and Hirohide Sugiura, best known for their Eastern RPGs, particularly the "Xeno" metaseries.Most of the people that would eventually form the company were just a nameless studio under Square Co., producing two well-received RPGs for the Sony PlayStation: Xenogears and Chrono Cross. Takahashi and his team wished to make Xenogears a full fledged series, but they were unable to as Square's higher-ups wanted to focus their resources on their Earth-shatteringly popular Final Fantasy franchise.Shortly after the creation of Chrono Cross, Takahashi and many of his team members left Square and went to Namco, the company who would provide them the start-up capital needed to form their own company. Thus, Monolith Soft was born. For the entirety of the Sixth Generation, Monolith Soft was a subsidiary of Namco. Due to his departure from Square, Takahashi could not acquire the rights to Xenogears. Instead, he decided to create Spiritual Successor Xenosaga, which he was able to develop into a proper series. Monolith Soft was also able to produce the Cult Classic Nintendo GameCube RPG Baten Kaitos.Towards the beginning of the Seventh Generation, the newly-merged Namco Bandai sold 80% of its share of Monolith to Nintendo, making the company its subsidiary; they would later sell the rest, making Monolith Soft a first-party developer for the gaming giant. Their most noted project under Nintendo is yet another series of Spiritual Successors to Xenogears and Xenosaga named Xenoblade (Xenoblade Chronicles outside of Japan), which has arguably become the most popular and successful of the Xeno series. They have also lent developmental assistance to some of Nintendo's other first-party games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.They should not be confused with the American-based game developer Monolith Productions.