Megasoft

From Sega Retro

Notavailable.svg
Megasoft
Founded: 1991-12
Defunct: 1992-11 (ceased development)
Headquarters:
4th Floor, 7-chōme-9-15 Ueno, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan

Megasoft Co., Ltd. (株式会社メガソフト) was a Japanese video game development subsidiary of Sega of Japan, formed from the December 1991 acquisition of developer Santos' staff and game projects. Actively developing for only one year under the presidency of Sega producer Tokinori Kaneyasu, its workforce were ultimately merged into other Sega research and development divisions, with their four titles all releasing thereafter in 1993 and the company formally dissolved in 1996.

Company

Japanese video game developer Santos shared a close relationship with Sega, with the latter company often manufacturing or publishing its games. As Santos began experiencing financial troubles around the dawn of the 1990s, Sega acquired the majority of the company's employees and its games in December 1991, establishing an entirely new company with much of the same staff and development projects named Megasoft.[1]

Despite the majority of its workforce carrying over, Santos' president Takeshi Tozu and a proportion of staff chose to not become a part of Megasoft; in the wake of this, then-current Sega amusement R&D producer Tokinori Kaneyasu was recruited as a replacement.[2] Following the original company's bankruptcy, Tozu and much of the aforementioned staff went on to create a new Santos in 1992, with the remaining outliers also forming Gai Brain during the same year.[3]

Megasoft only worked on the production of four games (the most notable being Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master), before the subsidiary was largely dissolved and merged into Sega proper in November 1992.[4] Many of Megasoft's games were released after the company's game development capabilities had ceased to exist. While Megasoft was largely merged into Sega, the subsidiary continued to exist in some form until 1996, when it was officially liquidated.[5][6]

While active, the company's Ueno headquarters were notably located in the same tower block as Treasure's.[7][8][5]

Softography

External links

References

Domestic Sega studios
84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
CSK Sega Sammy Holdings
Sega Enterprises, Ltd. Sega Corporation Sega Games & Interactive
Sega R&D 1 Sega AM1 R&D #1 WOW Entertainment Sega WOW Sega AM1
Studio 128 Sega R&D 8 Sega AM2 R&D #2 AM2 of CRI Sega-AM2 Sega AM2
Sega AM11 R&D #4 Amusement Vision New Entertainment Sega CS1
Ryu ga Gotoku Studio
DigitalRex AM Plus
Sega AM3 R&D #3 Hitmaker Sega AM3
AM Annex R&D #5 Sega Rosso
Sega AM4 Sega Mechatro Product R&D
N. Pro. R&D
Sega AM5 Mirai R&D Family Entertainment
Sega AM6
Sega R&D 2 Sega CS Sega CS1 R&D #6 Smilebit Sega Sports Design
Megasoft Team Andromeda
Sega PC Online R&D
Sega CS2 R&D #7 Overworks GE2 Sega CS3
Sonic Team
Sega CS3 R&D #8 GE1 Sega CS2
GE3
R&D #9 United Game Artists
Sega Sound Team
Sega Digital Media Wave Master Wave Master (label)
Mobile Content R&D Sega Networks
Visual Entertainment Marza Animation Planet