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Developers and Publishers of Japanese Ultima Games

by ktj last modified 2008-02-17 16:43


The first Japanese Ultima maker is STARCRAFT. They were known as translator of Sierra adventure games. And they had released Ultima II and III at around 1984. Around 1996, they closed their company.


In 1986, Origin and PONICA signed a contract with Japanese Translation of Ultima. The first Ultima that they released is EXODUS. They published Ultima I~VI for Japanese PCs, and most of Nintendo Ultimas. Now they were took over by their parent company, Ponycanyon, one of the biggest music record companies of Japan. FCI is also Ponycanyon's subsidiary.


Fujitsu is one of the biggest computer makers in Japan. And they published overseas games for their PC, FM-TOWNS. Ultima I~VI are published by Fujitsu.

Electronic Arts

Around 1994, a joint conpany of EA and Japanese electoric company Victor, Electronic Arts Victor(EAV) got publishing rights of Ultima in Japan. They published Underworld series, and Pagan for PCs, and Runes of Virtue II for Nintendo. And at late 1997, Ultima Online published by this company.

At Jan. 1, 1998, they changed their name into Electronic Arts KabushikiKaisha(EAKK, KabushikiKaisha=Co. Ltd.).

Then at Apr. 1, 1998, they became a joint conpany of EA and famous Japanese game publisher, Square. And their name changed into Electronic Arts Square.

And then, at Apr. 1, 2003, Square and EA terminated the joint venture, and the successor of the conpany, renamed into Electronic Arts KabushikiKaisha, is now owned by EA.


Locus had developed Ponycanyon version of Ultima games, and seemed to developed some EAV Ultima games. Also, they published Ultima cluebooks and Ultima novels!

Regrettably, in 2002, they decided to leave computer game business.


Must I explain this wellknown-company ?:-) They developed Fujitsu version of Ultima VI(Only English mode).

Atelier Double

In fact, they are neither developer nor publisher of Japanese Ultima games. They are developped Ultima IV for NES; USA version. Around 2005, the company seemed to be closed.

Graffiti Lab

Their site said they had developed Ultima I,II,III,VI, and the Savage Empire for some Japanese PCs. They seem to be Ponycanyon version. And a document in Ultima V box for FM TOWNS says they developed it.


They developed following Ultimas.

  • Ultima IV for Nintendo
  • Ultima V for NEC-PC9801 and SHARP-X68000
  • Ultima VI for super Nintendo
  • Ultima Underworld for NEC-PC9801, FM-TOWNS, and Playstation
  • Ultima Underworld II for NEC-PC9801 and FM-TOWNS

Thinking Rabbit

They developed Starcraft UltimaIII.

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