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Flagship Co., Ltd. was a subsidiary of Capcom founded for the purpose of improved script writing. It existed from 1997 to 2007 before being liquidated back into Capcom Co., Ltd. The office itself was located in the Shinjuku Sumitomo Building in Shinjuku's Nishi-Shinjuku district until the 2000-01 financial year,[1] when it moved to the Nakano F Building in Shibuya's Honmachi district.[2]

Studio history

"There are professionals drawing pictures, creating programs and composing music for video games, but not writing screenplays. We would like to improve the standard of screenplays throughout the video game industry"
— Founding statement by President Yoshiki Okamoto

Flagship was founded in April 1997 as the brainchild of Capcom producer Yoshiki Okamoto, who expressed a need for professional screenplay writers in the games industry after hiring Noboru Sugimura as writer for Resident Evil 2. Inspired by Kazuo Koike's Gekika Sonjuku school, Okamoto and Sugimura began recruiting experienced writers and artists to apprentice the next generation, working on game scenario and art, as well as branching into other media. The company was quickly acquired by Capcom by the end of the 1997-98 financial year, though was allowed to continue working for Nintendo. Sugimura and Okamoto were able to recruit a number of experienced creators such as Hirohisa Soda (Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Metal Heroes) , Shōzō Uehara (Ultraman, Metal Heroes) and Susumu Takaku (Metal Heroes, Super Sentai) and as Jun'ichi Miyashi. Over its history, the number of scripts assigned to Flagship increased, mostly overseen directly by Sugimura with less experienced writers and artists, as well as the company's apprentices.

Flagship was ultimately, however, not as long lived as Geikika Sonjoku. Okamoto would be replaced as President by Yoshifumi Yamashita in 2003 to form Game Republic. Sugimura himself departed the company in late 2004 to move into other things, and unexpectedly died in February 2004 owing to a heart condition. In 2006, Capcom began pursuing a new business strategy focusing on the concentrated management of personnel and resources rather than its semi-autonomous divisions. Flagship's liquidation into Capcom Co., Ltd. was announced 17 April 2007 and was effective 1 June.[3]

Flagship works

Work Studio Initial release Staff
BIO HAZARD The Wicked North Sea Shueisha January 1998 Kyū Asakura[note 1]
Resident Evil 2[note 2] February 1998 Noboru Sugimura
BIO HAZARD DRAMA ALBUM ~The Doomed Raccoon City~ VOL.1 Suleputer February 1998 Shōzō Uehara

Noboru Sugimura
Jun'ichi Miyashita
Susumu Takaku
Hirohisa Soda

BIO HAZARD DRAMA ALBUM ~The Doomed Raccoon City~ VOL.2 Suleputer March 1998 Jun'ichi Miyashita
BIO HAZARD DRAMA ALBUM ~The Doomed Raccoon City~ VOL.3 Suleputer April 1998 Susumu Takaku

Noboru Sugimura
Hirohisa Soda

BIOHAZARD 2 Drama Album ~The Female Spy Ada Lives~ Suleputer March 1999 Noboru Sugimura

Hirohisa Soda
Jun'ichi Miyashita
Kishiko Miyagi

BIOHAZARD 2 DRAMA ALBUM ~The Little Runaway Sherry~ Suleputer April 1999 Kyoko Sagiyama

Jun'ichi Miyashita
Yasuyuki Suzuki

Resident Evil Survivor Studio 3 January 2000 Noboru Sugimura

Naoyuki Sakai

Resident Evil CODE:Veronica Nextech February 2000 Noboru Sugimura

Hirohisa Soda
Jun'ichi Miyashita
Akira Asaka
Yasuyuki Suzuki
Hideyuki Ishizeki

Dino Crisis 2 Studio 4 September 2000 Noboru Sugimura

Yosuke Hirano
Kishiko Miyagi

Onimusha: Warlords January 2001 Noboru Sugimura

Hirohisa Soda
Shin Yoshida

Devil May Cry August 2001 Noboru Sugimura
Dino Stalker Studio 3 June 2002 Noboru Sugimura

Yasuyuki Suzuki

Resident Evil 0 Studio 3 November 2002 Noboru Sugimura

Hiromichi Nakamoto
Jun'ichi Miyashita

Clock Tower 3 December 2002 Noboru Sugimura

Hiromichi Nakamoto
Yosuke Hirano

Dino Crisis 3 Studio 4 June 2003 Noboru Sugimura

Hiromichi Nakamoto
Shin Yoshida
Hiroaki Kanazawa

Haunting Ground April 2005 Noboru Sugimura
Bounty Hunter Sarah: Holy Mountain No Teiou
Kirby: Squeak Squad
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA port)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

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notes
  1. Non-Flagship writer under Flagship oversight.
  2. Game project began pre-Flagship.
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