Eighting (エイティング), also known as 8ing, is a Japanese video game developer and publisher, better known for it's shoot 'em ups and licensed fighting games. Formerly known as Raizing (ライジング), it was one of the four companies founded after the demise of Toaplan, along with Cave, Gazelle, and Takumi.
The company originally focused on Arcade shoot 'em up titles, being famous for titles such as Sorcer Striker and Battle Garegga. Ever since it's name change to Eighting, the company closed it's Arcade division and shifted it's focus into producing licensed games for other companies such as Capcom, having also found moderate success with their own Bloody Roar franchise.
History[edit | edit source]
Raizing and Eighting were formed in part by former staff of Compile, to create arcade games. The development was done by Raizing, while sales and distribution were done by Eighting. Their first game, Mahou Daisakusen/Sorcer Striker was released in 1993. After the arcade developer Toaplan closed their doors, some of their staff went to Raizing, while others began the offshoot companies Cave, Takumi, and Gazelle, all of which were noted for their strong support of the shoot 'em up genre, and the "danmaku" (or "manic") subgenre in particular. Raizing continued to use arcade hardware based on Toaplan's units for years after Toaplan's demise.
The company featured a handful of former Compile employees, mainly those who worked on Musha Aleste, including Sotoyama Yuuichi (a.k.a. "Healthy Toyama"), Kazuyuki Nakashima, and Yokoo Kenichi. The company also included the famous shooting game developer Shinobu Yagawa who was the designer and programmer for Battle Garegga, Armed Police Batrider, and Battle Bakraid while at Raizing, and is now employed by Cave.
In October 2000, the Raizing division was incorporated into Eighting, and since then, no shooter games were produced. The company since then concentrated its video game business to home consoles and mobile/social gaming.
Games associated with Capcom[edit | edit source]
- Dimahoo (2000)
- 1944: The Loop Master (2000)
- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (2008)
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds/Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011)
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (2011)