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Imageepoch was a Japanese video game company founded in 2005. The company was primarily a developer of Eastern RPGs; "JRPG" actually happens to be the name of a label of theirs.

They went bankrupt in 2015, following terrible financial results, bankruptcy, and the disappearance of their CEO.

Their output is considered, to this day, to have been very, very uneven. On the one hand, their best games tended to be very well-regarded; the Fate/EXTRA games are generally considered very good adaptations of the concept of the visual novels to a game format, with Fate/Extra CCC being especially well-regarded in Japan and among Japanese-speaking Anglophone fans, and the 7th Dragon games were, in Japan, considered the best competition Etrian Odyssey had in the Wizardry-successor dungeon crawler business (and created by the same director, no less).


Their worst games, however, tended to be absolute disasters. Time and Eternity is the biggest example of this, with a neat graphical conceit that they didn't actually have the knowledge or design skill to truly utilize properly, and a whole litany of problems otherwise, earning it the near-unanimous title of one of the greatest kusoge of the PS3 era. Inconsistent partnership didn't help their games, either - Arc Rise Fantasia, which was a decent if somewhat unremarkable JRPG otherwise, was turned into a travesty in its English release thanks to a terrible localization and dub job.

Unfortunately, it's many of the latter examples which tended to dominate the perception of the company and its ability to make sales - which is a shame, because their best games were really very solid and worth the time of any JRPG fan. They later reformed under the company name Mikage LLC, working on the Criminal Girls franchise for Nippon Ichi as well some new original games to follow after.


Games developed by Imageepoch include: