Human Entertainment, Inc.
was established in April 1987 as Sonata
through the merger of two software companies, TRY Co., Ltd.
and Communicate, Inc.
The company originally produced ports, licensed titles, and peripheral games under contract from publishers such as Bandai and Konami.
The company changed names to Human in 1989, and shortly after that began publishing their own original titles, finding success with franchises such as Fire Pro Wrestling
and Clock Tower
, and even running a game design school in the mid-'90s from which many employees were recruited. They also started two joint development studios: BEC
in 1990 with Bandai, and HuneX
in 1992 with NEC Home Electronics. Both studios are still in operation today.
Human declared bankruptcy in November 1999, with staff and catalog rights going various ways. There were quite a few studios set up by former Human staffers: 5pb.
(sound director Chiyomaru Shikura
), Grasshopper Manufacture
(Fire Pro Wrestling
director Goichi Suda
), Nude Maker
director Hifumi Kouno
and Takeshi Aikou
(producer Masahiro Yonezawa
), and Vaill
Also Known As
- Sonata (from Apr, 1987 to 1989) -- Original company name
In the mid-90s Human Entertainment operated a school called "Human Creative School," a 2 year education in making video games. Several games made by students at the school, such as Firemen and SOS, were published and became relatively successful.