Working Designs was founded in 1986 by Todd Mark
and Sylvia Schmitt
. Initially a software transportation company, it later shifted its focus on localizing and publishing Japanese console games (most notably RPGs) for the North American market. This new trend was established since the advent of Victor Ireland
, who later became the company's president. Its headquarters were located in Redding, California.
Their specialties include translations, dubbing of voices in games, and often creating special packages for premium games (foil stamped manuals, full color labels, and often bonuses such as stickers and maps for RPGs). They have published on several platforms, including the TurboGrafx, Sega CD, Saturn, PlayStation and PS2. Their localizations are known for gameplay tweaking (e.g. increasing a game's difficulty level compared to the Japanese original) and often somewhat liberal handling of the original game's dialogue with the addition of humorous references to contemporary Western popular culture. Among their best-known works are the localizations of Lunar
On December 12, 2005, Victor Ireland announced the closure of the company. It was succeeded by Gaijinworks
, aiming to continue its localization legacy.
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