Wayforward and Arc System Works join to make River City Girls

Wayforward, the company best known for indie projects such as Shantae, and Arc System Works have joined together. This new project of theirs is based on River City, with the upcoming title called River City Girls. While no further details has been disclosed, it is known that it is to expand their creative horizons. Both companies are known for their highly stylized and detail for 2D art, as well as artistic use of 3D models. Their best talents are brought to the project, hopefully giving birth to a wonderful experience.

River City, known as Kunio-Kun in Japan, is most well known for River City Ransom, a game all the way back in the NES days. However, there were games before and after then, most of which that have not been released outside of Japan. The game’s influence can be seen in games such as Double Dragon and Scott Pilgrim Vs the World licensed game. Fittingly, one of Wayforward’s projects was Double Dragon Neon. Double Dragon in itself was a successor of River City, as both were created by Technos.



Valencia, Calif. – 4/18/2019 – WayForward and Arc System Works Announce River City Girls


Fan-favorite game companies join forces on classic IP

Independent game development studio WayForward (Shantae, Double Dragon Neon) and fighting-game experts Arc System Works (BlazBlue, Guilty Gear) are pleased to announce that they are collaborating on a brand-new project based on a classic franchise: River City Girls. While the full details won’t be disclosed until a later date, the two companies have revealed that they are bringing the best of their talents to this official entry in the long-running River City (known as Kunio-Kun overseas) action series.

“This is a really wonderful opportunity,” said WayForward Tyrannical Overlord Voldi Way. “Arc System Works is an extremely talented gaming company that we’ve admired for many years, and we are incredibly happy to be working with them. This new take on the River City universe is going to be a lot of fun.”

“Everyone here is pleasantly surprised by the way the River City series is turning out,” added Takomi Kaneko, Producer at Arc System Works. “I think the River City series has a reputation as a 2D fighting-action game with a lot of male fans, but then River City Girls appears! WayForward’s enthusiasm for a female protagonist won me over.”

This cooperative arrangement between the two gaming-industry veterans leverages the strengths of each studio and brings together a wealth of knowledge, an abundance of passion, and 60 combined years of video game experience across a wide range of technologies, genres, and intellectual properties.

The partnership also provides an opportunity for the two game studios to expand their creative horizons, as well as for fans of both companies and of the River City franchise to enjoy an exciting, fresh, and unexpected update to a beloved property. Additional information on River City Girls will be revealed later in 2019.

Marisa Alexander
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