COLOPL, the most successful Japanese company you've never heard of, is heading west

From Japan to SF

COLOPL, the most successful Japanese company you've never heard of, is heading west

COLOPL, the top grossing Japanese F2P developer you've never heard of, is coming to the US.

It's announced that it is setting up its North America division based out of San Mateo, near San Francisco.

The first task for the new office will be to launch the localised version of Rune Story for iOS and Android during the fall.

The game is currently in soft launch in Phillippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Canada.

Going west

More generally, the company will be working on games developed specifically for western audiences.

"COLOPL has a successful history of developing and launching 94 smartphone games and we are thrilled to be furthering COLOPL's mission, Entertainment in Real Life, in the western part of the world, said Shohei Yoshioka, the CEO of the US subsidiary, which is called COLOPL NI.

"We already see great promise with Rune Story's soft launch and we look forward to unveil our new title worldwide soon."

As for the likelihood of COLOPL's biggest Japanese hits like Quiz RPG and White Cat Project coming to the west, as yet there's no comment.

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Attila Bihari CEO at THX Games
I'd like to note, English version of COLOPL's QUIZ RPG was launched on android around 2 years ago with quite moderate success.
jon jordan
Thanks - we obviously missed that!
Attila Bihari CEO at THX Games
No problem, I follow this stuff because I'm in trivia myself. And it was easy to miss because they got only 100.000+ installs on android during their first 2 years.