Speaking with Nikkei Trendy, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino offered the first indication as to the activities of the developer/publisher's Santa Monica office. Rather than being merely for localization or American publishing efforts as we supposed, this operation is actually going to make games.
"We have five staff members at present," Hino said. "Titles that are being planned in the North American office are being developed in that region. The office staff is mostly Japanese, but we're using a style of development where we collaborate with local staff, so I believe we'll be able to make something that matches the North American market well."
The first information about the US office's efforts will be unveiled at the annual Level-5 Vision event, which Hino said would probably take place in August this year. He also said that downloadable titles are increasingly popular in America, suggesting a possible focus for Level-5's efforts. Last year's Level-5 Vision brought news of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney and three other 3DS games.