Namco Bandai to unleash sequels at E3

It’s going to be a busy year for the guys at Namco Bandai as the list of sequels due for release in 2011 and 2012 continues to grow.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon kicks things off on 14th October in the UK and is no less than the 13th title in the long-running aerial action series and the first to be released on the PS3.

Next up is Dark Souls, also confirmed for an October release, and the sequel to the infuriatingly addictive action RPG Demon Souls. Whilst the original was a PS3 exclusive, the sequel is due for simultaneous release on Xbox 360 as well. Be warned: the team are insisting that the game is going to be even harder this time around, so expect sales of new controllers to sky-rocket as defeated rookie gamers unleash a torrent of verbal, and no doubt physical abuse too.

For fans of more the more esoteric Japanese titles, the latest Dragon Ball and Tales titles will get a US and EU release in late 2011 and early 2012 respectively.

Whilst Dark Souls has the potential to be Namco Bandai’s breakout title of the moment, expect a lot of the buzz around E3 to be taken up by Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur V and Ridge Racer: Unbounded, all set for release on both PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.

In fact, gamers can expect no less than three Tekken games in the coming months as the character-sharing agreement between Capcom and Namco Bandai gives rise first to Capcom’s incarnation Street Fighter X Tekken, which will inject key character from the Tekken universe into a distinctly Street Fighter game. It’s counterpart, the Namco Bandai developed Tekken X Street Fighter will be facing stiff competition from, well… the other two Tekken and/or Street Fighter titles as it will be the last to hit the shelves.

Last in the long list of sequels is the fifth instalment of the mech action and customisation series Armored Core. The AC series has struggled to capture a substantial following outside of Japan, but Namco Bandai are promising a very different experience this time around: mechs will be half the size of previous titles, much more agile, and there will be a greater emphasis on urban stealth than open warfare.

For more details and trailers check out http://www.uk.namcobandaigames.eu/

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