Capcom and Level-5 collaborate
posted on 09.21.10 at 08:33 PM EDT by (@salromano)

If the announcement of Capcom and CyberConnect 2′s partnership on Asura’s Wrath at the Tokyo Game Show surprised you, then wait until you hear this.

Capcom and White Knight Chronicles developer Level-5 are currently working in collaboration with each other. Capcom’s Keiji Inafune initially contacted Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino with the idea.

“This rumor is true,” Inafune told Diamond Online (via Andriasang), “Right now, the two of us, with our staff, are working together on some truly interesting things. Even though Mr. Hino is younger, he’s someone I respect. I wanted to try working with him, so I contacted him.”

Inafune went on to say exactly why he respects Hino as much as he does.

“The thing I most respect about Hino is his work ethic.” He joked, “Before I met Hino, I had confidence in the amount of work I was doing, and even thought that maybe I was the hardest working person in the game industry. But after meeting him, I thought, ‘I’m probably not number one.’”

What Inafune admires the most about Hino is that he works hard and in the long run it produces results.

“The Professor Layton series has shipped 9.5 million units worldwide. The Inazuma Eleven series has shipped 2.7 million units domestically. Who wouldn’t want to work with someone like Hino, who works hard and also produces results?”

Unfortunately, neither Inafune or Hino provided specifics about what they’re working on.

Elsewhere in the interview and separate from talk on the two companies uniting, Hino spoke a bit about overseas expansion.

“Next year or maybe the year after that, we’d like to have Level-5 exhibit at E3. While it’s recently become normal for us to exhibit at the Tokyo Game Show, to exhibit at E3 we feel that we have one more mountain to cross.”

Level-5 recently opened an office in Los Angeles. However, Hino explains that he has no intentions on taking his company public and is more concerned about developing Level-5 as a brand.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/PrinceHeir# PrinceHeir

    i wonder if they can make a breath of fire game. or a new RPG game :F

  • Kkdog4Sado

    SICK partnership.
    I can’t wait!!

  • narutomaki

    PS3/Wii game?

  • AdamBoy64

    This is pretty exciting news.. It makes me wonder what they can come up with..! The possiblities!

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    Two great developers working together? Brilliant, just the sort of thing I like to hear! I wonder what it is they are working on….I’m sure it will be excellent whatever it is, both Capcom and Level-5 have some top notch developers and together, they are sure to push themselves even further

  • go-go-boy

    yea lets just pray that level 5 won’t jump on the western banwagon trend that japanese game developers love so much seriously i dant want leonard looking like justin beiber .

  • SlashZaku

    Should there be a ’360′ tag on this? I think Level-5 has made it clear they want nothing to do with MS. Given Capcom’s ass hattery too, I don’t see a PS3 exclusive either. So I’m guessing PSP(PSP2) or 3DS maybe.

    • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

      At this point you can’t be too sure. While I don’t see Level-5 developing a game for Xbox 360, I certainly can see Capcom offering to port the game as a part of their collaboration.

      That or, like you said, it’s a 3DS/PSP(2) title. I think it’ll be a handheld, but once again, you can’t be too sure.