CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.

Moby ID: 2247

  • CSK Research Institute Corp. (from 1983 to 2001)

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As the name implies, CRI was set up to function as a research institute for the CSK group, whose primary holding was Sega. Apart from doing research into new media and formats and developing support tools for the software industry (mainly Sega and its third parties), it did also do some games development itself. When Sega was splitting of its divisions into separate companies, CRI merged with the AM2 division.

Since then, the company has been regrouped into CRI Middleware, focusing on what is the core business of the company, namely supplying the industry with tools for audio, video and 3-D.

Games using middleware from CRI

Credited on 462 Games from 1982 to 2024

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Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate - Dual Edition (2024 on Windows)
Murders on the Yangtze River (2024 on Windows, Macintosh)
Tekken 8 (2024 on Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series)
Another Code: Recollection (2024 on Nintendo Switch)
Code:Limbus (2024 on Windows)
Super Mario RPG (2023 on Nintendo Switch)
Naruto X Boruto: Ultimate Ninja - Storm Connections (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5...)
Star Ocean: The Second Story R (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch...)
My Hero Ultra Rumble (2023 on Xbox Series, Xbox One, Windows...)
Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster (2023 on Nintendo Switch)
Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis (2023 on Windows, iPhone, Android...)
BlazBlue: Entropy Effect (2023 on Windows, Macintosh)
Master Detective Archives: Rain Code (2023 on Nintendo Switch)
L/Right Reflection (2023 on Windows)
Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch...)
Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix (2023 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5)
Mato Anomalies (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Octopath Traveler II (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch...)
Like a Dragon: Ishin! (2023 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)

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History +

August 1, 2001

Company changes name to SEGA-AM2 Co., Ltd. in order to express the merger between Sega's old AM2 division and CSK Research Institute.


The company turns to multi-platform development.


When the game developers move to SEGA-AM2 Co., Ltd., the company is rebranded as the middleware developer CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.


During the split-up of Sega, CRI merges with Sega's AM2 research division. As part of the deal, the merged company gains the rights to Sega's Shenmue series.

September 30, 1999

On September 30, 1999, CSK sold its 100% interest in CSK Research Institute Corp. to Isao Okawa for ¥778 million. The sales price was based on an appraisal performed by a third party.

Source: CSK's Financial Report

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Trivia +

CRI developed the MPEG video decompression routines used by most Dreamcast games.

Company Location (2008):

CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.

313 Minami Aoyama Bldg. 7F

3-13-18 Minami Aoyama

Minato-ku, Tokyo

107-0062, Japan

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