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Ni No Kuni passes 1.1m shipped on PS3

Studio Ghibli RPG Ni No Kuni has joined the million sellers club on home consoles. Siliconera reports that global shipments of the Level 5 developed game have now passed 1.1m units worldwide. The title was published by Namco Bandai in Europe and the US and by its developer in Japan. …

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Dark Souls II PC date revealed

Namco Bandai has at last confirmed a release date for Dark Souls II on PC. Having previously said it hoped the delay would be a matter of weeks not months” it transpires that the PC SKU will arrive six weeks later than the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions on April …

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Namco Bandai signs three indie publishing deals

Three indie games have signed digital publishing deals with Namco Bandai Europe. The first is team-based space combat simulator GoD Factory: Wingmen from Nine Dots Studio, which will be released on PC, Mac and Linux. Then there’s Magiko Soft’s retro outing Platformines. That will be released for PC on Steam …

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Dark Souls II pre-orders 50% up over original

Namco Bandai has revealed pre-orders for Dark Souls II are 50 per cent up on its predecessor. And this is before the publisher’s main ad campaign kicks in. The firm has put a massive 1m into marketing the game to a mainstream audience. We have everything going for Dark Souls …

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Namco Bandai targets Sega HQ with Pac-Man PR stunt, security shuts it down

Namco Bandai invaded Sega’s HQ this week in an effort to promote Pac-Man. The character is set to make a comeback this year with Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. And so the firm decided to project an image the titular character onto Sega’s headquarters in Chiswick, West London. It’s because …

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VIDEO: Dark Souls II TV ad is… musical

Namco Bandai has released its TV and cinema ad for upcoming action RPG Dark Souls II. The one minute short is set to the recognisable track Where Is My Mind by Pixies. As you might expect, the live action trailer involves lots of death in the face of insurmountable odds. …

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How do you sell a ‘menace’ like Dark Souls II?

A game like Dark Souls has no right to be talked about in the same breath as Skyrim. An incredibly difficult Japanese RPG sounds as niche as it gets, yet Namco Bandai’s series has become a hit. The spiritual successor to PS3 favourite Demons Souls, Dark Souls launched in 2011 …

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Dark Souls 2 dev promises short wait for PC version

The gap between and console and PC releases of Dark Souls 2 should me measured in weeks and not months. That’s according to the game’s producer Takeshi Miyazoe who told Digital Spy that the PC SKU should hit shelves shortly after” the game’s arrival on Xbox 360 and PS3 on …

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Japanese Dark Souls 2 Collector’s Edition includes weapon replicas

From Software has revealed what Japanese gamers will be receiving with the Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls 2. Whereas Western gamers get a 30cm/450g Warrior Knight as the standout inclusion, in Japan the SKU comes with a latched hard case containing eight sword and shield replicas. The heaviest of the …

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