Sonic Co.

Moby ID: 17443

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Sonic Co. was a development studio established in 1991 by Hiroyuki Takahashi, who had previously been a producer with Enix and had helped Kan Naitoh establish Climax Entertainment in 1990.

The company was established with an investment from Sega, and took its name from Sega's most popular mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. For most of its existence, Sonic handled programming and design internally, while sound and graphics were outsourced to other companies such as Climax Entertainment, and later Camelot Software Planning. Under Sega's direction, the company was responsible for the Shining Force franchise for its entire existence.

In 1994, Hiroyuki Takahashi's brother Shugo Takahashi established Camelot Software Planning, and the two companies would work together on nearly all of Sonic's development projects. In 1998, after production on Shining Force III was completed, Sonic was merged into Camelot, with Hiroyuki Takahashi taking over as Camelot's director.

Credited on 12 Games from 1992 to 2018

Shining Force: Classics (2018 on iPhone, iPad, Android)
Shining Force III Scenario 3 (1998 on SEGA Saturn)
Shining Force III: Scenario 2 (1998 on SEGA Saturn)
Shining Force III (1997 on SEGA Saturn)
Shining the Holy Ark (1996 on SEGA Saturn)
Shining Wisdom (1995 on SEGA Saturn)
Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict (1995 on Game Gear, Nintendo 3DS)
Shining Force CD (1994 on SEGA CD)
Shining Force II (1993 on Genesis, Wii, Windows...)
Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (1993 on Game Gear, Palm OS, Nintendo 3DS)
Shining Force Gaiden (1992 on Game Gear, Nintendo 3DS)
Shining Force (1992 on Windows, Genesis, Wii...)

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