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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.
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[[File:Bandai Namco Entertainment logo.png|right|200px]]
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'''Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.''',{{Note|group=a|{{Nihongo|'''Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.'''|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.''' and often shortened to '''Bandai Namco''', is a video game developer and publisher based in [[Tokyo]], [[Japan]]. Bandai Namco is the product of a 2006 merge between {{Wp|Bandai}}, a toy manufacturer, and {{Wp|Namco}}, a video game developer.
   
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]]'' up to and including ''[[Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +]]''. In April 2015, the company renamed to Bandai Namco Entertainment; no ''Ace Combat'' games have been released under this name yet.
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Bandai Namco's video game development teams are collectively named '''Bandai Namco Studios'''. In addition to the core development studio in Tokyo, the company has development studios in Singapore and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.{{Ref|BNStudios|https://gematsu.com/2013/04/namco-bandai-opening-singapore-and-vancouver-studios}}
   
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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In the United States and Europe, video game publishing is handled by subsidiary companies: '''Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.''' and '''Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe S.A.S.''', respectively.
   
In addition to ''{{wp|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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Along with the ''[[Ace Combat]]'' franchise, Bandai Namco is known for developing the ''{{Wk|aselia|Main Page|Tales}}'', ''{{Wk|soulcalibur|Soulcalibur Wiki|Soul}}'', ''{{Wk|tekken|Tekken Wiki|Tekken}}'', ''{{Wk|pacman|Pac-Man Wiki|Pac-Man}}'', and ''{{Wk|ridgeracer|Ridge Racer Wiki|Ridge Racer}}'' franchises.
   
==Gallery==
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==History==
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[[File:Namco logo.png|thumb|250px|Namco's old logo before merging with Bandai]]
File:Logo namco.jpg|Namco's old logo before merging with Bandai
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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.
Bandai Namco Games.png|Bandai Namco Games logo prior to renaming to Bandai Namco Entertainment
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Namco hq.png|Bandai Namco HQ in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
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==''Ace Combat''==
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[[File:Bandai Namco Games.png|thumb|250px|Bandai Namco Games logo before renaming to Bandai Namco Entertainment]]
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All ''Ace Combat'' games up to and including ''[[Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War]]'' were published by Namco.
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Following the merge, all games in the franchise from ''[[Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War]]'' up to and including ''[[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: Skies Unknown]]'' was the first ''Ace Combat'' game to be initially published under this new name.
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Since 2001, an internal development team within Bandai Namco has been credited for developing the ''Ace Combat'' games. The team was known as "The AC04 Project" for ''[[Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies]]'', but was later renamed to [[Project Aces]] for ''Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War'' and all subsequent games, persisting through the merge and name changes.
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==Headquarters==
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Sumitomo Fudosan Mita Building.jpg|Current Bandai Namco HQ in Sumitomo Fudosan Mita Building in Minato, Tokyo (2016)
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NBGI Headquarters.jpg|Old Bandai Namco HQ building in Shinagawa, Tokyo (demolished in 2016)
 
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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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*Old Bandai Namco's HQ appears as an [[Easter eggs|easter egg]] in [[Gracemeria]]. It is also accessible in the [[Tokyo]] map in ''[[Ace Combat: Joint Assault]]'', ''[[Ace Combat: Assault Horizon]]'', and ''[[Ace Combat Infinity]]''.
   
== External Links ==
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{{Notelist}}
*{{wp|Bandai Namco Entertainment}} on Wikipedia
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{{Reflist}}
*{{wp|Namco}} on Wikipedia
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[[pt-br:Bandai Namco Entertainment]]
*{{wp|Bandai}} on Wikipedia
 
 
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Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.,[a] officially stylized as BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. and often shortened to Bandai Namco, is a video game developer and publisher based in Tokyo, Japan. Bandai Namco is the product of a 2006 merge between Bandai, a toy manufacturer, and Namco, a video game developer.

Bandai Namco's video game development teams are collectively named Bandai Namco Studios. In addition to the core development studio in Tokyo, the company has development studios in Singapore and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

In the United States and Europe, video game publishing is handled by subsidiary companies: Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. and Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe S.A.S., respectively.

Along with the Ace Combat franchise, Bandai Namco is known for developing the Tales, Soul, Tekken, Pac-Man, and Ridge Racer franchises.

HistoryEdit

Namco logo

Namco's old logo before merging with Bandai

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.

Ace CombatEdit

Bandai Namco Games

Bandai Namco Games logo before renaming to Bandai Namco Entertainment

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 franchise from Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War up to and including 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: Skies Unknown was the first Ace Combat game to be initially published under this new name.

Since 2001, an internal development team within Bandai Namco has been credited for developing the Ace Combat games. The team was known as "The AC04 Project" for Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, but was later renamed to Project Aces for Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and all subsequent games, persisting through the merge and name changes.

HeadquartersEdit

TriviaEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. (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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://gematsu.com/2013/04/namco-bandai-opening-singapore-and-vancouver-studios
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