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The logo for ACS

ACS Visual Entertainment LLC.
, also known as simply ACS is a Japanese publisher of video games. Founded in 1984 by Katsuyuki Tabata as A.C.S. Co. Ltd., the company later officially changed its name to ACS Co., Ltd. in 1988, eventually changing it again into ACS Computer Entertainment LLC. in 1995, before changing into its current name in 2006. ACS  is best known for its fighting game franchises, Fight or DieCode ChronosSentoki and Crisis Moon.

ACS currently owns several development studios for their games such as ACS Production Studios Tokyo and Osaka, as well as Orange Soft (fighting games) and Team Beats (rhythm games). ACS also currently owns the California-based development studio Innovision Softworks.

ACS once served as the Japanese distributor for In-Verse games following the success of their crossover Cross Code: Project Ultimate Versus Battle. In exchange, its subsidiary Shiny Star Games distributed ACS' games in the European PAL region.

ACS also currently holds the video game license for the professional wrestling company Ring of Honor, creating the yearly Ring of Honor: Unchained series of wrestling games. In the past, ACS has also made licensed sports games for the National Basketball Association the National Football League, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball under the ACS Pro Sports label.

In 2016, ACS ecpanded their business module by indroducing their light novel publishing imprint, Yakeru Bunko. As of April 22, 2017, there are currently two ongoing series published by Yakeru Bunko: the slice of life NakaGei! and the sports-based Smash Dream.

Their most recent title is ACS Brawl Stars!.

Arcade Systems

ACS has also made arcade boards for its games, the latest being the System 203: ATLANTIS, released in 2016

  • ACS P-16 System (2D) (1989-1995)
  • ACS Supra P-32 System (2D) (1994-2001)
  • ACS TGX Modeller System (3D) (1994-1998)
  • ACS TGX2 Modeller System (3D) (1997-2001)
  • ACS NOVA System (2D/3D) (2000-2004)
  • ACS System 200 (2D/3D) (2003-2008)
  • ACS System 201 (2D/3D) (2006-2011)
  • ACS System 202: ENDYMION (2D/3D) (2010-present)
  • ACS System 203: ATLANTIS (2D/3D) (2016-present)

Games

This is a list of games created by ACS through the years. Some of ACS' older games were rereleased as downloadable titles on the Samsung Zeo's LIVEPLAY Store.

Released from 1985-1989

  • Star Command (Shoot 'em up) (1985; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Spunky the Squirrel (2D Platformer) (1986; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Kumite (2D Fighting Game) (1987; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Star Command II (Shoot 'em up) (1987; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware), Various consoles)
  • Bloxx (Puzzle game) (1988; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware, Various consoles)
  • Spunky Returns! (2D Platformer) (1988; Arcade (Dedicated Hardware, Various consoles)
  • Bloxx2 (Puzzle game) (1989; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Kung Fu Castle (Beat 'em Up) (1989; Arcade (ACS P-16 System), Various consoles)
  • Terry the Treasure Raider (2D Platformer) (1989; Nintendo Enterntainment System)

Released from 1990-1999

Released from 2000-2009

Released from 2010-present

Upcoming games

  • Cross Chaos (2.5D Fighting Game) (TBA; Arcade (ACS System 203: ATLANTIS), PlayStation 4, XBox ONE, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Zeo, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android)
  • Sentoki 5 (3D Fighting Game) (TBA; Arcade (ACS System 203: ATLANTIS), PlayStation 4, XBox ONE, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Zeo)
  • yUi (Survival Horror Game) (TBA; Nintendo Switch)

Crossover Apperances

ACS' characters have also crossed over with other companies. The most notable ones are with In-Verse, whim ACS used to share a long-standing working bond with.

Yakeru Bunko

Yakeru Bunko is ACS' flagship light novel publishing imprint. Introduced in 2016, Yakeru Bunko's first title is the slice-of-life series NakaGei. There are currently two titles publiahed by Yakeru Bunko, both of them ongoing.

Yakeru Bunko titles

Trivia

  • ACS - Logo (1988-2006)

    ACS' old logo, used from 1988 to 2006

    ACS stands for "Amazing Computer Software."
  • The ACS logo used from 1988 to 2006 features the words "ACS" written on a red background. The updated 2006 logo is the same, but with the red box removed, and the text itself recolored red with a white border. Both logos use the Ethnocentric font.
  • The company's slogan is "Come Join the Fun!", which appears in various ACS-related products.
    • In ACS arcade games starting with Sentoki: The Strongest Warrior, the words usually flash on the top left or right corner of the screen, when the player side is left with a credit (or a controller) and unattended (e.g. PRESS P2 START BUTTON/COME JOIN THE FUN!)
    • ACS-related anouncements are usually appeneded with the words "ACS: COME JOIN THE FUN! ;)", usually near the end.
  • ACS' CEO Katsuyuki Tabata used to be best friends with In-Verse's owner Pauly-kun. This strong bond carried on for years until December of 2016, when In-Verse had filed for bankrupcy.
    • ACS' upcoming title Cross Chaos was created as a dedication to Pauly-kun, who had recently passed away in March of 2017.
  • Though not the first arcade system to run using PC hardware (Andamiro's MK3 Hardware, known for its use in the first few Pump it Up games, predates it by several years), ACS' System 200 was the one which popularized the use of PC-based hardware on an arcade system. Later PC-based arcade boards include Taito's Type X (2004) and the Namco N2 (2005)
  • ACS has its own proprietary online arcade service in the form of Amaze.net. Like Konami's e-AMUSEMENT service, Amaze.net uses specialized cards that store the player's data in order to access special online-based services, from Internet rankings, to Amaze.net-exclusive offers, like exclusive customization options in the Sentoki games, or exclusive songs in To the Beat and DrumMaster/GuitarMaster.
    • The first ACS title to use Amaze.net is Sentoki 3, released in 2003, ans since then, Amaze.net has been used for most of ACS' major arcade titles.
  • ACS' least well-recieved game is 2008's Legendary Blades: Ressurection, which was lambasted for its poor gameplay implementations, dated graphics and a controversy surrounding one of the stages that caused the game to be pulled out of stores and rerelased to remove the offensive imagery.
  • ACS' company mascot is Sofu-tan, a young and cheerful girl wearing a red shirt with the ACS logo that bares her midriff, white shorts and red sneakers. Sofu-tan appears in most Japanese advertisements for ACS games, and stars in her own Japan-only quiz game: Sofu-tan no Kyuyoku no ACS Quiz (translates to Sofu-tan's Ultimate ACS Quiz)
    • Sofu-tan's name comes from ACS' old acronym of "Amazing Computer Software".
    • In most of her appearances, barring her first appearance in a 1994 ACS commercial, Sofu-tan is voiced by Noriko Hidaka.
    • It is commonly believed that the character design of Twilight from the Crisis Moon series was crrated as a tribute to Sofu-tan, mostly bevause of the identical looks and color.
  • Several ACS games were infamous for their awkward translations. The most notable ones are Fighting Champions (1992), where some of the lines and endings are translated awkwardly, the most prominent example being Dirk's winquote of "I am strong, you weak", and Fantasia of the Forbidden (1995), where the female main character was given the name of "Dorosy", a really bad translation of the English name "Dorothy" (the male protagonist's name of Julian was otherwise translated flawlessly.)
    • ACS has since improved its translations, but there are still occasional appearances of awkward translation in ACS games, like in fade. (2000), in the part where Darryl discovers the hidden door to the underground passageway, he will utter the words 'Is that a door right there? Looks like a door.", which has been parodied several times since.

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