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 Ragnarok Online  creators expand into U.S.
Ragnarok Online creators expand into U.S.
September 27, 2012 | By Mike Rose

September 27, 2012 | By Mike Rose
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Industry veteran Jun Iwasaki, best known for co-founding publisher XSEED Games and for leading the U.S. push for highly-lauded Final Fantasy VII, today revealed that he has founded a new North American branch of Japanese publishing company GungHo Online.

GungHo Online Entertainment America, headquartered in Marina Del Ray, plans to publish video games across all available platforms, including consoles, handhelds, mobiles, tablets and PC, in both North America and Europe.

Iwasaki, who has also previously held the president and CEO position at Square Enix USA, is looking to secure titles from external Japanese developers to bring over to Western territories, as well as publishing key titles from GungHo's own in-house studios -- Game Arts, Gravity and Acquire.

As part of the studio launch announcement, Ragnarok Online studio GungHo revealed six titles that are due for release over the course of the next 12 months.

Dokuro, Ragnarok Odyssey and Picotto Knights are all heading to the PS Vita, the former two before the end of this year, while Puzzle & Dragons, Freak Tower and Princess Punt 2 are all destined for smartphones in the coming months.

GungHo America president Iwasaki noted that he is looking to provide a good portfolio of "network-oriented games" that captures the attentions of online gamers.


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Sarah Clark
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This looks interesting. I am excited to see more and more cool games for my Vita!

Esquivel Borja
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Stuck on net café just to play this game for almost 10 years now you light up my day, How can I supposed to sleep on time if Ragnarok odyssey is on VITA

Pepito Manalotto
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Same here stuck in my pc while playing ragnarok before

Becky Simeon
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Sure Dokuro is worth waiting for :D

Velma Dees
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I did some research on these titles, esp on P&D, (can't afford vita FML) not bad mates! can't wait for the English version!

Alice Vargas
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Finally some decent apps!

Pepito Manalotto
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Hold it, why now after so long

Anna Guerrette
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based from the history of this person, I'll be expecting a lot on their upcoming games.

Esquivel Borja
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I am sure he is based on what he did in FF7

Staci Kraft
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Omg! He is an epic!
I love FF7 from squareenix and YS from Xseed.
I will be looking forward with their future release

Good News!

Pepito Manalotto
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I am also a FF7 fan

Kristi Hill
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Cool! interesting lineup

Gloria Johnson
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I also saw a news that former FINAL FANTASY XI/FINALFANTASY XIV Producer Hiromichi Tanaka has joined up with GungHo Online Entertainment as a freelance adviser.

Esquivel Borja
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Oh Tanaka sounds familiar when I finish any Final Fantasy Titles before I always saw Tanaka on the credits.

Lori Ray
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Thanks for sharing mate! I'll be looking forward on this one!

Anna Dooley
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Already got the JP version but I'm gonna double plat trophy this bish ;P

Dorothy Terry
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I love Square Enix been playing their Star Ocean, cool gameplay and especially their opening/ending OST.

if these games came from the same publisher, I'll be willing to take the shot.

Pepito Manalotto
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I hope they will release more titles for PSVITA
I like both Xseed and Game Arts titles


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