Iconic manga publisher Shueisha established Shueisha Games on February 16, 2022, to develop and release games for consoles, PC, and smart devices. The company will also be involved with developing and selling analog/tabletop games. The company’s game production manager is Masami Yamamoto, formally of the Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio.
Shueisha’s famed Weekly Jump has published some of Japan’s most iconic manga, including One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Hunter × Hunter, Fist of the North Start, Slam Dunk, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Dragon Ball. All of these have been adapted into anime as well as video games.
Shueisha is currently working on several big projects in collaboration with big-time game companies. These projects will take advantage of Shueisha’s talented manga artists as well as its in-house manga editors.
The creation of a Shueisha video game company is a big deal because this would mean the publisher is far more involved in the game-making process. Until now, Shueisha seems to have been more of a licensee. This will definitely shake things up in the market a bit.