At level 5 there is currently a lot going haywire. Even outsiders should have noticed that. The developer of such well-known brands as Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven, Ni no Kuni or Yo-kai Watch seems to be in a bit of trouble.
Just weeks ago, CEO Akihiro Hino announced that Inazuma Eleven: Great Road Heroes had to be sidelined in order to focus on Yo-kai Watch Academy Y to be able to lay. But between the lines it read more like: We have to see that money comes in now. A little later there were media reports that Level-5 International America had “practically closed” its business operations. A little ray of hope at least at the end of the year: There was new material for the co-op robot action RPG Megaton Musashi.
It’s been a difficult year for Level 5, that much is clear. Accordingly, CEO Akihiro Hino’s review of 4Gamer is self-critical. But he looks to the future with optimism. “In 2021 I always want to have good games on my mind. And to cooperate with the production of anime and other media with this idea as a focus, ”says Hino. That sounds like the specialty of Level 5: Cross-Media.
“This year in particular, there has been a lot of concern about the quality of our games, from delays in schedule to bugs. There are many areas in which we have to improve, ”says Hino self-critically. “So I want to roll up my sleeves and focus on our efforts. In the meantime, we have unannounced new games in the works and while I can’t say any details about them at the moment, things are always going well. In 2021, our entire team wants to work together to create entertainment that everyone can enjoy. “
We wish it level 5.
via Gematsu, images: Megaton Musashi, Level-5