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Vanillaware

is a Japanese video game developer. Previously, it was known as Puraguru from 2002 until 2004, when it renamed as Vanillaware. The studio's past projects have specialized... read more

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Founding date
2002
Address
City: Chūō-ku, Osaka
Country: Japan
Number of Employees
21-50
Website
Updated
6/28/2016 7:08:50 AM
Vanillaware

is a Japanese video game developer. Previously, it was known as Puraguru from 2002 until 2004, when it renamed as Vanillaware. The studio's past projects have specialized in2D, or sprite-based, game design. They have garnered positive attention from fans and game media alike for embracing 2D game design in a market dominated by 3D games. The company was formed from members of the Atlus project team which had developed Princess Crown for the Sega Saturn in 1997.

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Company history

Vanillaware was originally founded under the name Puraguru in February 2002 by former employees of Atlus, including game director George Kamitani and two others, who had all previously been part of the development team of Princess Crown for the Sega Saturn in 1997. At the time, Kamitani was working for Square Enix as developmental director for its PC title Fantasy Earth: Zero, and had previously been employed by other video game companies such as Capcom, where he worked on arcade titles like Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom, and Racjin, where he served in an outsourced capacity. In 2004, the company changed its name to Vanillaware Ltd., and has since made a commitment to produce games that primarily feature 2D graphics as opposed to more mainstream 3D works. The company uses proprietary programming toolsets inspired by Adobe Flash, as well as a graphic development process known as tebineri or "hand-shaping", which allows the artists to create characters and environments that look 3D but are rendered entirely from two-dimensional pixels.

The company's first completed game was Odin Sphere for the PlayStation 2, which was published by Atlus. Though the title was finished in 2006, Atlus withheld the game from release until May 2007 due to the popularity of its own in-house role-playing game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 to avoid conflicting sales. Though development on its second project, GrimGrimoire did not begin until after Odin Sphere was completed, it was actually released one month before in Japan and was published by Nippon Ichi Software. By 2009, the company had grown to 21 employees, whom Kamitani described as "Basically, 100 percent" artists, and in the same year it released its first game for the Wii, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, published by Ignition Entertainment. Its partnership with Ignition would later produce Dragon's Crown for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, a game Kamitani had been pitching to publishers for nearly 13 years before it eventually saw development.

Games

Game
Release Date
System
Publisher(s)
JP
NA
EU
GrimGrimoire
2007-04-12
PlayStation 2
Nippon Ichi Software (JP)
Yes
Yes
Yes
2007-06-26
NIS America (NA)
2007-09-28
Koei (EU)
Odin Sphere
2007-05-17
PlayStation 2
Atlus (JP)
Yes
Yes
Yes
2007-05-22
Atlus USA (NA)
2008-03-14
Square Enix (EU)
Kumatanchi
2008-09-25
Nintendo DS
Dimple Entertainment
Yes
No
No
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
2009-04-09
Nintendo Wii
Marvelous Entertainment (JP)
Yes
Yes
Yes
2009-09-08
Ignition Entertainment (NA)
2009-11-27
Rising Star Games (EU)
Grand Knights History''
2011-09-01
PlayStation Portable
Marvelous Entertainment
Yes
No
No
Cancelled
XSEED Games (NA)a
Rising Star Games (EU)a
Muramasa Rebirth
2013-03-28
PlayStation Vita
Marvelous AQL (JP)
Yes
Yes
Yes
2013-06-25
Aksys Games (NA)
2013-10-16
Aksys Games (EU)b
Dragon's Crown
2013-07-25
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Atlus (JP)
Yes
Yes
Yes
2013-08-06
Atlus USA (NA)c
2013-10-11
NIS America (EU)
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
2016-01-14
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Atlus (JP)
Yes
Yes
Yes
2016-06-07
Atlus USA (NA)
2016-06-24
NIS America (EU)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Q4 2016
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Atlus
Yes
TBA
TBA

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Review

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2007's Odin Sphere was an underrated gem from Vanillaware and Atlus, almost a decade later it's returned for the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. Using gorgeous...

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