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Professor Layton, Dragon Quest IX, and White Knight Chronicles developer Level-5 is moving forward with its plan to establish an office in the US. Level-5 International America Inc. will open in Santa Monica, California this September. The company will further expand in 2011 with an office somewhere...

June 2nd 2010 at 11:56am 0 Comments
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This week's Famitsu (via Andriasang) outs a new project from Professor Layton and Dragon Quest IX developer Level-5: "Time Travelers," the first game out of Level-5's Tokyo office. The project is a collaboration between producer Akihiro Hino and Jiro Ishii, who directed "sound novels," like the accl...

April 14th 2010 at 11:45am 0 Comments
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We currently know very little about Level-5's console-based spinoff of the DS soccer RPG Inazuma Eleven. In fact, here's what we know about it: It might be called Inazuma Eleven Break That's actually pretty much it. We don't even know which console or consoles it's being considered for, though...

March 25th 2010 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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During the same event in which Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino teased new Wii and PS3 games, he also suggested that the company may be setting up operations in the US. According to our own imperfect translation of 4Gamer's summary of statements, "Mr. Hino, in order to release software overseas, spoke about...

February 10th 2010 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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While plenty of games press and hardcore fans flocked to 2009's Tokyo Game Show, attendance was down versus last year, and developers noticed. "The total attendance is down from last year, but myself, it felt less like a crush of people and more like a fun festival atmosphere like we used to have,"...

October 22nd 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Everything is improved with waggle. It's a fact. Scientifically proven. And yet, Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino has still seen fit to crush everyone's hopes of a waggle-infused Professor Layton. Hino told Official Nintendo Magazine that the upcoming Professor Layton and the Last Time Travel will conclude...

October 8th 2009 at 5:40pm 0 Comments
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In this week's Famitsu, three major Japanese developers discussed this year's E3 and how they feel about the various motion technology displayed. Grasshopper Manufacture's Suda 51, Q Entertainment's Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Level-5's Akihiro Hino all somewhat agree on what they see as the future of ga...

July 1st 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino has confirmed that the PS3's White Knight Chronicles is coming to North America, though no release window has been announced. This should come as good news to JRPG fans, especially those who like having "Chronicles" in their titles.In an interview with GameTrailers, Hino al...

January 7th 2009 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Recently, the Japanese website Inside-Games held an interview with Level 5's president, Akihiro Hino (pictured looking contemplative above). When asked if Level 5 had anything planned for the Wii, Hino said that the company was very interested in producing a Wii game. Unfortunately, the interview d...

October 21st 2007 at 7:00pm 0 Comments