Today marks the 25th anniversary of CyberConnect2, the developer known for the .hack series and Naruto games. The company launched an anniversary website with a video message from President and CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama.
CyberConnect2 started as a company with about 10 guys in their 20s on Feb. 16, 1996. Today the company boasts 280 staff members across three studios located in Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Montreal. In the video message, Matsuyama talked about the first round of announcements planned for 2021 with four major topics.
CyberConnect2 will begin collecting messages and illustrations from fans across the world and the entertainment industry. These will go into making a music video by LieN, a Bandai Namco unit that previously worked on music for the .hack series. In addition to the 25th anniversary website, CyberConnect2 launched its official web shop, which offers goods to fans in Japan and worldwide. Each purchase includes a special postcard that changes every month. For this month, purchases come with a set of three postcards.
Lastly, Matsuyama kindly asked people to send gifts from the 25th anniversary wish list instead of congratulatory flowers. In past anniversaries, the company received so many floral arrangements that its pollen-covered office ran out of space. While the staff appreciated the sentiment, it made for a bit of a challenging work environment.
The first round of announcements didn’t include any new game announcements, but CyberConnect2 has several titles in development for 2021 and beyond. Fuga: Melodies of Steel is currently scheduled for a 2021 release for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Tokyo Ogre Gate and Cecile are two other titles in development for the same platforms but currently without release windows.
You can watch the video message from Hiroshi Matsuyama with English subtitles below: