From Gematsu, NetEase Games has opened Studio Flare with both Toshinori Aoki, the former Marvelous VP, and Toshimichi Mori, a former producer at Arc System Works and creator of the BlazBlue series.
The company is located in Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, and plans to set up a development office in an office building near Gotanda Station in May this year.
Mori left Arc System Works in September 2022, and it is said that Studio Flare, Mori will be guiding its next project by “seeking out the next generation of entertainment,” and als creating content that will “be handed down to the next generation.”
In 2020, NetEase established Ouka Studio, and in 2021, Grasshopper Manufacture, led by Goichi Suda, was bought up. In 2022, NetEase established Nagoshi Studio, which was founded by Toshihiro Nagoshi, who left Sega and established GPTRACK50, where Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi serves as president.
While not much information is available yet, the studio is currently hiring for several positions.
Studio Flare will operate as an independent studio in cooperation with NetEase Games.