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{{Nihongo|'''Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.''' ('''BNEI''')|株式会社バンダイナムコエンターテインメント|Kabushiki Gaisha Bandai Namuko Entāteinmento}}, officially stylized as '''BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.''', is a video game developer and publisher based in Tokyo, Japan. BNEI is the product of a 2006 merge between {{wp|Bandai}} and {{wp|Namco}}, two separate video game developers (with the former also being a toy manufacturer). In the United States and Europe, video game publishing is handled by subsidiary companies named '''BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.''' and '''BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S.''', respectively. In addition to ''[[Ace Combat]]'', Bandai Namco is also known for the ''{{wp|Tales (series)|Tales}}'', ''{{wp|Soul (series)|Soul}}'', ''{{wp|Tekken}}'', ''{{wp|Ridge Racer (series)|Ridge Racer}}'', and ''{{wp|List of Pac-Man video games|Pac-Man}}'' series.
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{{Nihongo|'''Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.''' ('''BNEI''')|株式会社バンダイナムコエンターテインメント|Kabushiki Gaisha Bandai Namuko Entāteinmento}}, officially stylized as '''BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.''', is a video game developer and publisher based in Tokyo, Japan. BNEI is the product of a 2006 merge between {{wp|Bandai}} and {{wp|Namco}}, two separate video game developers (with the former also being a toy manufacturer).
   
Prior to the merge, all ''[[Ace Combat]]'' games were published solely by Namco up to and including ''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]''. Immediately following the merge, the company was known as '''Bandai Namco Games Inc.''' (with variations on the name for its respective subsidiaries), and published all games in the series starting with ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]''. In April 2015, the company renamed once more to Bandai Namco Entertainment, publishing ''[[Ace Combat Infinity]]''{{ref|InfNote|''[[Ace Combat Infinity]]'' was originally released in May 2014 under Bandai Namco Games, but all references to the company were changed in April 2015 to fit the rename.}} and ''[[Ace Combat 7]]''.
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In the United States and Europe, video game publishing is handled by subsidiary companies named '''BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.''' and '''BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S.''', respectively. In addition to ''[[Ace Combat]]'', Bandai Namco is also known for the ''{{wp|Tales (series)|Tales}}'', ''{{wp|Soul (series)|Soul}}'', ''{{wp|Tekken}}'', ''{{wp|Ridge Racer (series)|Ridge Racer}}'', and ''{{wp|List of Pac-Man video games|Pac-Man}}'' series.
   
Since ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]'', an internal development team within Bandai Namco was accredited to the development of the ''Ace Combat'' series. The team was known as "The AC04 Project" for ''Ace Combat 04'', and was then renamed to [[Project Aces]] for all of their subsequent games. Project Aces continues to handle development of the console games, while other development teams outside of Bandai Namco (such as [[Access Games]]) have worked on other titles.
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==History==
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Prior to the 2006 merge, all games currently owned by the company were published solely by Namco. Immediately following the merge, the company was known as Bandai Namco Games Inc. (with variants on the name for its respective subsidiaries). In April 2015, the company renamed to Bandai Namco Entertainment.
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Since 2001, an internal development team within Bandai Namco has been credited for the development of the ''Ace Combat'' series. The team was known as the "AC04 Project" for ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]'', but was later renamed to [[Project Aces]] for all subsequent games. They have persisted through Bandai Namco's merge and name changes. Other development studios, particularly [[Access Games]], have also worked on the series with Project Aces involvement.
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==Ace Combat==
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All ''Ace Combat'' games up to and including ''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]'' were published by Namco. Following the merge, all games in the series starting with ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]'' up to ''[[Ace Combat Infinity]]'' were published by Bandai Namco Games.
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Following the April 2015 name change, ''Ace Combat Infinity'' was updated to use the new Bandai Namco Entertainment name. ''[[Ace Combat 7]]'' will be the first ''Ace Combat'' game to be published under this new name.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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Namco hq.png|Bandai Namco HQ in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
 
File:Logo namco.jpg|Namco's old logo before merging with Bandai
 
File:Logo namco.jpg|Namco's old logo before merging with Bandai
 
Bandai Namco Games.png|Bandai Namco Games logo prior to renaming to Bandai Namco Entertainment
 
Bandai Namco Games.png|Bandai Namco Games logo prior to renaming to Bandai Namco Entertainment
Bandai Namco Entertainment logo.png|Current Bandai Namco Entertainment logo
 
Namco hq.png|Bandai Namco HQ in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
 
 
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== Trivia ==
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==Trivia==
* Bandai Namco's HQ appears as an [[Easter Eggs|Easter Egg]] in [http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Ace_Combat_6:_Fires_of_Liberation Ace Combat 6] and [http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/Ace_Combat_Infinity Ace Combat Infinity ]
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* Bandai Namco's HQ appears as an [[Easter eggs|easter egg]] in [[Gracemeria]]. It is also accessible in the [[Tokyo]] map in ''[[Ace Combat: Assault Horizon]]'' and ''[[Ace Combat Infinity]]''.
   
== External Links ==
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==External Links==
 
*{{wp|Bandai Namco Entertainment}} on Wikipedia
 
*{{wp|Bandai Namco Entertainment}} on Wikipedia
 
*{{wp|Namco}} on Wikipedia
 
*{{wp|Namco}} on Wikipedia
 
*{{wp|Bandai}} on Wikipedia
 
*{{wp|Bandai}} on Wikipedia
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Bandai Namco Entertainment logo

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. (BNEI) (株式会社バンダイナムコエンターテインメント Kabushiki Gaisha Bandai Namuko Entāteinmento), officially stylized as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., is a video game developer and publisher based in Tokyo, Japan. BNEI is the product of a 2006 merge between Bandai and Namco, two separate video game developers (with the former also being a toy manufacturer).

In the United States and Europe, video game publishing is handled by subsidiary companies named BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S., respectively. In addition to Ace Combat, Bandai Namco is also known for the Tales, Soul, Tekken, Ridge Racer, and Pac-Man series.

History

Prior to the 2006 merge, all games currently owned by the company were published solely by Namco. Immediately following the merge, the company was known as Bandai Namco Games Inc. (with variants on the name for its respective subsidiaries). In April 2015, the company renamed to Bandai Namco Entertainment.

Since 2001, an internal development team within Bandai Namco has been credited for the development of the Ace Combat series. The team was known as the "AC04 Project" for Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, but was later renamed to Project Aces for all subsequent games. They have persisted through Bandai Namco's merge and name changes. Other development studios, particularly Access Games, have also worked on the series with Project Aces involvement.

Ace Combat

All Ace Combat games up to and including Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War were published by Namco. Following the merge, all games in the series starting with Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War up to Ace Combat Infinity were published by Bandai Namco Games.

Following the April 2015 name change, Ace Combat Infinity was updated to use the new Bandai Namco Entertainment name. Ace Combat 7 will be the first Ace Combat game to be published under this new name.

Gallery

Trivia

External Links

References

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