Something went wrong. Try again later


    Company »

    A Japanese developer and publisher of historical strategy games, role-playing games, and action titles. Known for their Musou series of brawlers. Would eventually merge with Tecmo in 2009 to become Koei Tecmo.

    Short summary describing this company.

    Koei last edited by Mento on 10/17/20 08:05PM View full history


    Founded by couple Kou Shibusawa and Keiko Erikawa in 1978, Koei established several genres in the Japanese gaming industry. They laid the foundations for Japanese RPGs with games like The Dragon & Princess in 1982 and the eroge genre with games like Night Life in 1982. They then became best known for historical strategy games, after the influential strategy title Nobunaga's Ambition in 1983. While they primarily worked on Japanese computer games, they would eventually start producing games for consoles as well, adapting many of their strategy games for the limited console interface.

    Today they are best known for the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Dynasty Warriors/Musou franchises as well as their many other strategy and simulation games, most of which are set in the Three Kingdoms period of Ancient China or the Sengoku era of Medieval Japan.

    In 2009 Koei merged with Tecmo to become Tecmo Koei (which was later renamed Koei Tecmo). At this point, Koei Co. Ltd. was effectively defunct.


    This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

    Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

    Comment and Save

    Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.