In a saddening piece of news, it appears that Level-5’s North American division, Level-5 International America, is more than likely closing its doors. This information comes from a report by GamesIndustry.biz which states that both Level-5 International America and its associate Level-5 Abby laid off the majority of their staff in mid-2019.
According to GamesIndustry.biz’s sources, the employees who were let go of in 2019 were given “every indication” that Level-5 would be shuttering its international operations. While Level-5 has not responded to comment, one source suggests that Level-5 may cease bringing its future titles to North America, or at the very least that the company has no plans to localize new titles for the forseeable future. As of last year, both Yo-Kai Watch 4 and Inazuma Eleven: Heroes’ Great Road had been announced for a North American release, but whether or not this has changed is unknown.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the Level-5 situation.