Namco-Bandai Interested in Publishing Further Level-5 Titles
Namco-Bandai has recently been responsible for localizing a variety of titles from different developers, most recently bringing From Software's Dark Souls to Western gamers. They've also partnered with Japanese RPG developers Level-5 to bring over the Miyazaki-esque RPG 'Ni No Kuni' (Second Country) to America, and confirmed to Siliconera that they're interested in bringing over futher Level-5 titles and cementing that partnership.
"For us, if you look at the course of what we’ve done last year, we’ve narrowed our slate to really good titles. We focused on less is more," said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing at Namco Bandai, in a Siliconera interview. "When started talking to Level-5 — look guys we have a great opportunity. We have a great team in the States and we can maximize the potential of the game in the West. Those are the kinds of things we brought to the table because at the end of the day we want to bring the best games to the market.
Namco-Bandai is one of the few companies who've been able to reliably cater to the tastes of Western gamers (for instance, putting Assassin Creed's Ezio in Soulcalibur V), and continued partnerships like this may have them on the track towards industry dominance. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is still in development, but should hopefully be released sometime in 2012.