Bandai Namco Debuts New Game At Gamescom

Bandai Namco has a brand new IP in the works and they will be unveiling it during at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

Shacknews has reported receiving a press release from Bandai Namco indicating that the company will be unveiling a brand new game at this year’s big event in Europe and that it will be on display alongside a couple of other heavy hitters due for release soon, including Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Tekken 7.

This is exciting news as Bandai Namco hasn’t been known for throwing out new IPs often. They’ve mostly been reliant on a stash of properties, including their long-running Tales Of series, Dragon BallOne PieceNaruto Shippuden, and their Soul Calibur and Tekken titles.

They didn’t offer any details on what this new game will be, but this is what we know.

Not A Racing Game

What we can deduce is that it’s fairly unlikely that the new Bandai IP will be a racing game. The Ridge Racer games have fallen off by the wayside in recent years and they have done nothing to focus on that genre after that. They have distributed some other racing games made by other developers, but other than that probably not.

Not A Fighting Game

A new fighting game as well does not seem to be in the cards. Since they already have the aforementioned Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 set to release this fall. and Naruto Shippuden filling in between those slots. Not to mention that Tekken 7 is due for release at the early start of 2017. Katsuhiro Harada, the famed producer of the Tekken series, also noted that they already have Tekken X Street Fighter mostly finished but they can’t release yet because they don’t want to cannibalize the sales of Tekken 7. So it’s unlikely that Bandai would put yet another fighting game into the mix when they already have two high-profile fighters waiting in the wings.

Not An RPG Game

In terms of the RPG category, Bandai’s Tales of series has got it covered. With the upcoming release of Tales of Berseria as well as Sword Art Online.

Not A Flight Sim

A flight sim as well is out of the question as Ace Combat is already in the works for virtual reality headsets.

A Hack-And- Slash? Possibly

Finally, what we have left is a good old hack-and-slash game. In all likelihood, this style of game seems extremely possible. They’ve had quite a bit of success publishing the Dark Souls games, and I don’t see why they wouldn’t attempt to capitalize on that with a new IP based around that concept.

It’s been fun guessing what new Bandai IP lies in store for us. Stay tuned for the announcement happening at Gamescom on August 18th – 21st.

 

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