Bandai Namco, the Japanese online game publishing large, has now revealed that it’s engaged on a brand new improvement undertaking, one that would see characters and settings from Darkish Souls, Dragon Ball Z, and Elden Ring all collide within the metaverse, in a bid to permit followers to work together throughout its totally different IPs by a shared interface. The Tokyo-based writer has said that it’ll make investments $130 million (roughly Rs. 980 crore) on the undertaking, labelled “IP Metaverse”, as a part of the corporate’s new mid-term plan, which outlines its three-year imaginative and prescient.
Bandai Namco made the announcement as a part of its newly launched mid-term plan spanning April 2022 to March 2025 with a doc that attracts an preliminary define for what it is calling its new “IP axis technique” amongst different plans, together with a brand new speech-bubble-inspired emblem.
The “IP axis technique,” the writer says, is all about connecting followers and rising the worth of its properties, with the corporate planning to develop a metaverse for every of its IPs. Every IP metaverse will then type a part of an interconnected universe referred to as the “ALL BANDAI NAMCO idea”.
“We’re anticipating digital areas that may allow prospects to take pleasure in a variety of leisure on an IP axis, in addition to frameworks that leverage Bandai Namco’s distinctive strengths to fuse bodily merchandise and venues with digital components,” the corporate stated.
Whereas the doc does not single out any particular IP for the metaverse plan but, Bandai Namco has a variety of potential candidates, together with Darkish Souls, the upcoming Elden Ring, the Darkish Photos Anthology, Soul Calibur, Pac-Man and different arcade classics, along with a variety of licensed manga and anime video games.
This undertaking hopes to be a “new framework for connecting with followers” in addition to “maximise IP worth over the medium to long run” with the cash going into “information basis” and the “improvement of content material.”
Additionally it is value noting that Bandai Namco holds the online game publishing licence for a lot of non-video sport IPs however doesn’t personal the IP itself. It’s not sure that any of those licences prolong exterior the precise video games printed by Bandai Namco or whether or not the event of an “IP metaverse” even falls beneath the class of a online game. Till additional particulars of the writer’s undertaking are chalked off, there is not any means to make sure simply but. If there are authorized points in the best way, new offers could must be made with all of those IP holders earlier than Bandai Namco can put characters or places from them in its “All Bandai Namco Idea.”