Monolith Soft is a Japanese video game studio founded by Tetsuya Takahashi and Hirohide Sugiura, best known for their RPGs; particularly the "Xeno" metaseries.
Most of the people that would eventually form the company were just a nameless studio under Square Co.
This team produced two well-received RPGs for the PlayStation
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
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. And thus Monolith Soft was born.
For the entirety of the Sixth Generation
, Monolith Soft was a subsidiary of Namco. Due to leaving Square, Takahashi could not acquire the rights to Xenogears
. He instead decided to create a Spiritual Successor
, 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
, Namco sold an 80% share of Monolith to Nintendo
, making the company a Nintendo subsidiary. Their most noted project under Nintendo is yet another Spiritual Successor
, their most highly acclaimed and one of their most commercially successful games ever, and counted as their Magnum Opus
as of now. Because of its success, they are now following it up with a sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles X
. They have also lent developmental assistance to some of Nintendo's other first-party games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl
and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Games developed by future employees under Square before formation of the company itself
Games developed as a Namco subsidiary
Games developed as a Nintendo subsidiary