French Bread (known as Watanabe Seisakusho
prior to 2003) is a Japanese video game developer best known for their work in fighting games,
particularly the Melty Blood series. The studio started off as a dōjin circle
and has largely focused on fighting games, with a few older exceptions such as Bike Banditz. Their newest release, Under Night In-Birth,
was released in September 2012. An updated version of the game titled Under
Night In-Birth Exe:Late was released in Summer 2013. French Bread collaborated with Sega and Ecole
Software to develop a fighting game titled Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax.==Foundation==The studio was named Watanabe Manufacturing
(渡辺製作所, Watanabe Seisakusho) by a friend of Narita Shinya, with whom he often
played video games with after school. They initially developed desk accessories
for Windows. Shinya discovered dojin Windows action games
and fighting games such as the Tokimeki Taisen (ときめき大戦) and Moon Lights 2 that
were ported from the X68000 home computer. He subsequently decided to develop his own
project for Windows. It was initially conceived as an original
work, but creating unique character designs and graphics proved difficult. Shinya was later introduced to the visual
novel To Heart and decided to develop his game as a derivative work. Characters for his project were sourced from
To Heart, while the system mechanics were based on Asuka 120%, a game that served as
an influence for Shinya and his team. The Queen of Heart ’98 was released on December
30, 1998 to positive critical reception from dojin gamers.The Melty Blood series, co-developed
with Type-Moon in 2002, ranks among their most notable work. As of 2017, they continue to develop 2D fighting
games with Sega.==Games developed=====
As Watanabe Seisakusho======As Soft Circle French-Bread