NetEase Games has established a new game studio PinCool, Inc (PinCool) as part of its games division. PinCool, a studio with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, is made up of professionals with years of experience in several parts of interactive entertainment, including video games, movie creatives, live events, and IP licensing.
Ryutaro Ichimura, a 20-year veteran of the gaming industry and a longtime producer of the Dragon Quest series, is the representative director and president of PinCool. Ichimura not only worked as the chief producer for video games like “Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King” and “Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies,” and also contributed to the creation of anime like Dragon Quest: Adventure of Dai He oversaw several other Dragon Quest IP franchise endeavors, including as live performances and exhibitions.
NetEase Games is excited to announce PinCool, Inc., a Tokyo-based studio led by experienced professionals in gaming and entertainment fields.@PinCool_info aims to develop console games and deliver top-notch entertainment experiences to users worldwide.https://t.co/DqyEYCsSW2 pic.twitter.com/4wrL6W8PEw— NetEase Games_EN (@NetEaseGames_EN) May 29, 2023
PinCool plans to provide high-quality entertainment experiences to users worldwide
Takashi Ogura will also become a board member of PinCool. A number of online enterprises, including Doraemon at Epoch Co., Ltd., Duffy at Oriental Land Co., Ltd., and Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai at Square Enix Co., Ltd., involved Ogura in branding and marketing, company development, and business strategy in the past.
PinCool wants to provide customers all over the world with high-quality entertainment experiences by utilizing its broad skills as an entertainment production firm. The company will work on a variety of new types of entertainment in addition to its primary concentration on creating games for video game consoles.
“We recognize the major contribution Ichimura-san made to the creation of the Dragon Quest series as a firm that is dedicated to developing immersive gaming experiences. We think that one of the reasons the Dragon Quest series has persisted for so long is his dedication to quality and to creating novel experiences,” said Simon Zhu, global president of investments and partnerships at NetEase Games.
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