DotEmu SAS (stylised as Dotemu) is a French video game developer and publisher based in Paris, founded in 2007 by Xavier Liard and Romain Tisserand.

DotEmu SAS
IndustryVideo game industry
  • Xavier Liard
  • Romain Tisserand
Key people
Cyrille Imbert (CEO)


DotEmu was founded by Xavier Liard and Romain Tisserand in 2007.[1] The company's offices are located in Paris, close to the Folies Bergère.[1]

In April 2010, DotEmu launched a new digital distribution service that would sell games without digital rights management, akin to Good Old Games.[2]

In March 2017, DotEmu announced that their online store would be closed down on 1 June that year.[3] The company cited a too strong market competition and their focus shifting towards game development rather than game distribution.[4][5] In September 2015, DotEmu founders Liard and Tisserand sold their company an unnamed, private investor.[6] Subsequently, in October 2014, Cyrille Imbert became as DotEmu's chief executive officer.[1] Liard and Tisserand later founded a new video game publisher, Playdigious, also in September 2015.[7]

In March 2018, DotEmu announced the creation of The Arcade Crew, a publishing label that would support small development teams.[8][9]


Year Title
2008 Nicky Boom
Krypton Egg
2009 Ishar + Ishar 2
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Ishar Compilation
Nicky 2
2010 Gobliiins Pack
Dráscula: The Vampire Strikes Back
Raptor: Call of the Shadows
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director's Cut
Avenging Spirit
2011 Red Baron Pack
The Last Express: Collectors Edition
Earth Defense Force
64th Street: A Detective Story
P47 Thunderbolt
Irem Arcade Hits
Rod Land
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
2012 Metal Slug 3
Final Fantasy VII
The Last Express
Rayman Jungle Run
Raiden Legacy
Metal Slug
2013 Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug X
The Last Express: Gold Edition
Double Dragon Trilogy
2014 R-Type II
Little Big Adventure
Final Fantasy IV
2015 Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition
Ys Chronicles 1
Battle Fantasia: Revised Edition
Little Big Adventure: Enhanced Edition
Little Big Adventure Bundle
2016 The King of Fighters 2000
Shock Troopers
The Last Blade
Fatal Fury Special
Samurai Shodown V Special
Twinkle Star Sprites
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Blazing Star
Baseball Stars 2
Art of Fighting 2
Sengoku 3
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
Ys Chronicles II
Pang Adventures
Neo Turf Masters
Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad
2017 Ys Origin
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
King of the Monsters
The King of Fighters 2002
Samurai Shodown II
2019 Windjammers 2[10]
TBA Streets of Rage 4[11]


  1. ^ a b c Blanchard, Nicolas (30 May 2018). "DotEmu: l'avenir dans le rétro". Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace (in French).
  2. ^ "Birds Of A Feather: DotEmu Beta". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ "DotEmu is closing its online store, games will will{sic) be gone on June 1". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "DotEmu closing its own online store". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ "DotEmu's online store is closing". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. ^ "DotEmu Founders Sell Company and Form Playdigious, Announce First Project 'Pix the Cat' from Pastagames". 1 September 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. ^ "DotEmu founders launch new publisher Playdigious". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ McAloon, Alissa. "Dotemu opens new publishing label to support small creative devs". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Dotemu assembling The Arcade Crew". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Windjammers 2 is coming to PC next year". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Streets of Rage 4 is coming". Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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Battle Fantasia

Battle Fantasia (バトルファンタジア, Batoru Fantajia) is a fighting video game developed by Arc System Works. Originally released in Japanese arcades in April 2007, the title was ported to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 home consoles in Japan in May 2008, with a North American Xbox 360-exclusive version released in English in September 2008 by Aksys Games. It was later released in the PAL region in 2009 for both systems by 505 Games (Europe) and Aksys Games (Australia). A Microsoft Windows version, ported in collaboration with DotEmu and distributed via Steam, was released on July 7, 2015 as Battle Fantasia: Revised Edition. The game's development was headed by Emiko Iwasaki, who had previously served as illustrator for the company's Guilty Gear series, and features three-dimensional character models restricted to a two-dimensional plane. Battle Fantasia retains a number of features of its predecessor including fast-paced gameplay, colorful anime-style graphics, and over-the-top effects, yet was designed to be a more basic representation of the fighting genre.

The game is notable for its stylistic departure from many fighting games, and is set in a fantasy world depicted as a storybook, and borrows many superficial elements from role-playing games including damage represented as numbers and a text-heavy story mode, which involves a number of heroes answering the call to battle to stop an evil force from once again attempting to destroy the world. Battle Fantasia met with relatively low sales in Japan and received mixed to average reviews from critics.


Maou Golvellius (魔王ゴルベリアス, lit. "Devil Golvellius") is an action adventure video game for the Japanese MSX home computer system. It was developed by Compile and released in 1987.

Sega licensed the franchise in 1988 and released their own remake of the game for the Master System (the Mark III in Japan), featuring enhanced graphics and entirely different overworld and dungeon layouts. This version was released worldwide under the name Golvellius: Valley of Doom.

Later that year (1988), Compile released yet another remake for the MSX2 system, titled Shin Maou Golvellius (真・魔王ゴルベリアス, lit. "True Devil Golvellius"). This game featured mostly the same graphics as the ones in the Sega Master System version, but the overworld and dungeon layouts are entirely different.

In 2009 it was announced by DotEmu/D4 Entreprise that Golvellius was to be re-released for the iPhone OS platform.The scenario is the same in all the three different versions of Golvellius. The ending promised a sequel, which was never developed/released. However, there is a spin-off game titled Super Cooks that came included in the 1989 release of the Disc Station Special Shoka Gou.

Krypton Egg

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Litil Divil

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Little Big Adventure

Little Big Adventure is an action-adventure game developed by Adeline Software International and first released at the end of 1994. It was published in Europe by Electronic Arts and in North America, Asia and Oceania under the name Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure by Activision. Over 500,000 copies were sold by 1999. The game was initially released on CD-ROM and some time later on floppy disks; the CD-ROM version featured full motion video, music and speech whereas the floppy disk version has MIDI music files and still images to replace the videos. The game was later ported to the PC-98 and FM Towns and released in Japan in 1995, for the PlayStation in Japan and Europe in 1996 and 1997 respectively, and to Android and iOS devices in 2014.In 1997, a PC-only sequel was released under the name of Little Big Adventure 2 (also known as Twinsen's Odyssey).

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Sanitarium (video game)

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Streets of Rage

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Streets of Rage 4

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The Last Express

The Last Express is an adventure video game designed by Jordan Mechner and published by Brøderbund in 1997 for PC. Players take on the role of an American who accepts an invite by a friend to join them on the Orient Express, days before the start of World War I, only to become involved in a maelstrom of treachery, lies, political conspiracies, personal interests, romance and murder, upon boarding the train. The game is unique in how it was created, its non-linear story, and in how events in the game are conducted within real-time.

The game was a commercial disappointment following its release, but received highly positive reviews and a positive post-release response. A Sony PlayStation port was in development, but was cancelled before it was finished. The game was later reacquired by Mechner, who worked with DotEmu to make portable versions of the game for iOS and Android, and later released a remade version for Steam, entitled The Last Express – Gold Edition.

Titan Quest

Titan Quest is an action role playing hack and slash video game developed by Iron Lore Entertainment for Microsoft Windows personal computers. It was published by THQ in 2006. It was released on Steam in 2007, and later ported to mobile devices by DotEmu and released in 2016; later versions were published by THQ Nordic. Versions for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch were released in 2018. The story follows a player-created protagonist as they navigate Ancient Greece, Egypt and China on a quest to defeat the Titans after they escape from their ancient prison. The gameplay is similar to the Diablo series, with player navigation being handled with a mouse-driven tile-based interface, and gameplay revolving around role-playing mechanics and real-time combat. Two expansions were released for the game: Titan Quest: Immortal Throne in 2007 and Titan Quest: Ragnarök in 2017.

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First announced in 2005, Titan Quest received generally positive reviews when released, being both praised as a good example of the genre while at the same time being criticized for its traditional gameplay. Sales of the main game and its expansion have been estimated as approaching one million units. The mobile port was tricky for its developers due to adapting the game for touchscreen controls: like the console version, it received positive reviews upon release. The engine and gameplay of Titan Quest later became the foundation for Grim Dawn, a video game developed by team members from Iron Lore following the studio's closure. In 2016, an improved and expanded Anniversary Edition was released and received very positive reviews. On November 17, 2017, THQ Nordic released an expansion over ten years after Immortal Throne, entitled Titan Quest: Ragnarök.

Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths

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The game's first official release was in December 1997 in Torino during the multimedia event Saloon.bit at Nayma Expo-Stand and then on March 24, 1998 in Firenze during the MediARTech International Exhibition, where the game got attention from main Italian computer magazines and distributors.In 2011, Tony Tough entered the ScummVM project.On October 24, 2012, the game was launched again under license from DotEmu, a retro-gaming company based in Paris, France.

Windjammers (video game)

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The game mechanics are essentially the same as Pong or air hockey, where players continuously shoot the disc at the goal zone of the opponent attempting to score. The game can be played against the computer or in a 2 player versus.

A sequel, Windjammers 2, is planned for release on Nintendo Switch and PC in 2019.

Windjammers 2

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Wonder Boy

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