Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Namco Bandai Games

Dark Souls II Black Armor, Collector’s editions get pre-order extras

Dark Souls II (360, PS3) Weapon Set Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has announced that gamers who pre-order Black Souls II Black Armor Edition or the Collector’s Edition will receive a voucher for the Black Armor Weapons Pack. The set, detailed below, includes five weapon and shield sets, with kit ranging from maces to daggers, such as the Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield and the Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield. The release emphasized that the voucher will not be included in the standard version.

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Tales of Symphonia Chronicles up for pre-order on PSN, CE detailed

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Role-playing fans looking forward to Tales of Symphonia Chronicles can now pre-order a digital copy for $39.99. Purchasing it early will net buyers the same system theme included with the Collector’s Edition to boot. Speaking of which, the $99.95 Collector’s Edition’s contests were finalized as well, with the set including five Chibi Kyun Chara character figurines, a novel that bridges the gap between the titles (Successors of Hope), a four-disc soundtrack, a custom theme, a steelbook case, and special packaging with artwork from ufotable. Namco Bandai also announced the production of an additional 3,000 units of the Collector’s Edition in order to meet pre-order demand.

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PlayStation 3 News

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle bringing the clash for Quarton to 3DS

Tenkai Knights Brave Battle (360, PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai will be adding another entry to their 3DS line-up later this year, Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle. Scheduled to launch this summer, the action title, based off the animated series airing on Cartoon Network, will allow players to control the Tenkai Knights in their battle against Vilius and his minions for the world of Quarton. The game will feature 2D combat, character customization, a story mode, and a four-player versus mode.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle to get physical release

JoJos Bizarre Adventure (PS3) Physical North America Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has some good news for fans of fighting games, and that’s a retail release and new mode for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle. The CyberConnect2-developed fighter, released last August in Japan, will be launching later this year online for download and to purchase on disc. The PS3 exclusive will be available to download through PSN and also in limited availability in physical format through Amazon.com and ClubNamco.com. The Western release will include not only post-release balance tweaks but also a new mode, Arcade, which adds an eight-player tournament.

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PlayStation 3 News

Dozen-plus new screenshots released from Dark Souls II

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) New Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

Following the release of yesterday’s Curse trailer, Namco Bandai has released over a dozen new screenshots from Dark Souls II. The new shots feature all that is the Souls series: exploration, monsters, magic, and combat. Oh, and of course, some weird-looking characters.

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Dark Souls II shows what’s in store for the Cursed in new trailer

Dark Souls II edges ever closer to release, and today, Namco Bandai has released a new trailer showing more of what FromSoftware and company have in store. The latest video, Cursed, shows nearly three minutes of new gameplay footage, including some of the monsters that will need to be bested and skills mastered as part of the grueling campaign.

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Tales series celebrates turning 20 with a new entry, Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria (PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tales series with a brand-new commemorative title for PS3, Tales of Zestiria. The series will return to a fantasy setting with Zestiria, and feature new characters designed by all four series designers—Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto—as well as cutscenes by ufotable.

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PlayStation 3 News

Covenant combat revealed in new Dark Souls II screenshots

Dark Souls II (360, PS3) December Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

A dozen new screenshots from Dark Souls II have been posted showing off the Covenant system. As a member of a covenant, players will be able to receive assistance from others against invading players (Way of Blue), automatically summon assistance from others (Blue Sentinels), offer sacrifice to the god of war Nahr Alma by invading other players’ worlds (Brotherhood of Blood), worship the sun by assisting others (Heirs to the Sun), and guard those bonded together (Bell Keepers). More covenants will be announced closer to launch.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution coming 2014

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (360, PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Ultimate Ninja Storm series will be returning to the 360 and PS3 next year with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Developer CyberConnect2 continues to helm the franchise and will be adding new techniques, including Combination Ultimate Jutsu attacks for stronger combos, and over 100 characters from both Naruto and Naruto Shippuden story arcs. Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto will also be providing a brand-new character.

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(Xbox 360 Review) Soulcalibur II HD Online

(Xbox 360 Review) Soulcalibur II HD Online

“Soulcalibur II HD Online’s greatest strengths are those same elements brought over from the original, while its weaknesses are its latest additions.”

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