Wolf Team

Moby ID: 3084

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This Telenet Japan subsidiary was founded in 1987, and initially headed by Masahiro Akishino. It went independent for 2 years, then got folded back in. It is known for its work with Japanese PCs, the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), and the Super Famicom (SNES). They developed Zan, Arcus, and Hiōden games.

In 1993, it was restructured, as part of a Telenet Japan initiative to reduce costs. Some staff resisted the change, including Wolf Team head, Masahiro Akishino, producer Masaaki Uno (went to Camelot Software), Sega Genesis programmers Toshio Toyota and Yukihiko Tani (aka bugtaro) (both co-founded Gau Entertainment ).

Wolf Team producer Joe Asanuma took the helm at this time. Due to the poor sales of their games, they needed to seek an outside financier to publish and market their next game, based on the novel Tale Phantasia, written by Yoshiharu Gotanda. After seeing bids from some companies, such as Enix and Namco, they signed on with the agreement made by Namco. Namco made many marketing changes to the game, which struck a protest from Yoshiharu Gotanda, and Masaki Norimoto. Many people on the team supported them, and these protests saw Joe Asanuma get ousted for his lack of ability to solve these protests, so they brought in Eiji Kikuchi to direct the game. This brought up the idea for the protesters to start up their own company.

After Tales of Phantasia was released, most of the development staff left Wolf Team. Most of this development staff went to participate in the founding of Tri-Ace. Only Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura and Eiji Kikuchi remained with Wolf Team after this breakup. Wolf Team kept developing the Tales games for Namco, and did some sports games on the side for Telenet Japan.

In 2003, the remains of Wolf Team were dissolved, and the remaining staff were transferred into a new subsidiary known as Namco Tales Studio, and develops the series for its financier and publisher, Namco.

Credited on 44 Games from 1986 to 2002

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Tales of Destiny 2 (2002 on PlayStation 2, PSP)
Tales of Fandom Vol. 1 (2002 on PlayStation)
Tales of Destiny II (2000 on PlayStation, PSP)
Cybernetic Empire (1999 on PlayStation)
Tales of Destiny (1997 on PlayStation)
Tales of Phantasia (1995 on PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, SNES...)
Zan III: Ten'un Ware ni Ari (1993 on PC-98)
Hiōden II (1993 on PC-98, FM Towns)
Arcus I・II・III (1993 on SEGA CD)
Devastator (1993 on SEGA CD)
Anett Futatabi (1993 on SEGA CD)
Neugier: Umi to Kaze no Kōdō (1993 on SNES)
Goh II (1992 on PC-98, FM Towns)
Hiōden (1992 on PC-98)
Aisle Lord (1992 on SEGA CD)
Zan II: Towns Special (1992 on FM Towns)
Suzaku (1992 on FM Towns, PC-98)
Seireishin Seiki Fhey Area (1992 on SEGA CD)
Earnest Evans (1991 on Genesis, SEGA CD)
Arcus III (1991 on PC-98)

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History +

March 2003

The company is merged into the jointly established Telenet/Namco subsidiary Namco Tales Studio.

July 1990

Wolf Team is folded back into Telenet Japan.

March 1987

After starting as an internal development team at Telenet Japan in 1986, Masahiro Akishino establishes Wolf Team as an independent company.


The company is formed by excision from Telenet Japan.


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