Namco Bandai secures 95% of D3

[UPDATE] Afro Samurai publisher will acquire nearly all of remaining shares in Puzzle Quest distributor and its subsidiaries for $12.55 million on March 24.

Acquisitions, whether hostile or not, have a tendency to drag on for months. Such will not be the case with Namco Bandai and its proposed buyout of fellow Japanese game company D3 Publisher. Nikkei Net (subscription required) reports today that Namco Bandai has successfully completed its tender offer to current D3 Publisher shareholders, and will spend ¥1.23 billion ($12.55 million) to acquire 95.02 percent of all outstanding shares on March 24.

Speaking to GameSpot at the time of the original acquisition offer, a D3 representative confirmed that Namco Bandai intends to acquire 100 percent of the Japanese company, including its Japanese parent company, D3 Inc., as well as subsidiaries D3 Publisher of America, D3 Publisher of Europe, and developer Vicious Cycle.

As noted by Namco Bandai at that time, the publisher's plan to purchase D3 is part of an attempt to expand its home-console game business while strengthening its mobile operations. Namco Bandai also noted that the move will ramp up its presence in the casual- and family-games business in Europe and North America.

D3 Publisher is most recently responsible for the Vicious Cycle-developed Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, a comedic over-the-top shooter that saw a decent critical reception in February. However, D3 and Vicious Cycle are perhaps best known for the highly addictive Bejeweled-style role-playing game Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords and the Infinite Interactive-developed sequel, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix. In Japan, D3Publisher also boasts a long-running line of budget games known as The Simple series, as well as a robust mobile-phone gaming business.

[UPDATE] In a statement provided to GameSpot following the publication of this article, D3 Publisher confirmed that Namco Bandai's acquisition of the company will not impact current staff levels or game-development timelines.

"Bandai Namco Games, owned by Bandai Namco Holding Inc, plans to acquire 100 percent of D3, Inc., and its subsidiaries D3Publisher of America and D3Publisher of Europe," a D3 Publisher representative said. "D3Publisher operations will remain unchanged at this time. Development of our current and unannounced titles is ongoing and will move forward as planned. D3Publisher is thrilled to join forces with Bandai Namco Games to further strengthen their position in the US and European marketplaces and continue to make quality games that gamers will enjoy."

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Discussion

34 comments
beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

lol tomy naruto aint good anyways but i think d3 will still make tomy narutos but bandai namco narutos are 10x better

shadowkiller11
shadowkiller11

namco should get more western appeal now. eat lead was funny and good

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

I find it hilarious that so many think it means Diablo. That's just like I would talk about D2, which was an awesome Dreamcast game, to only have people say something about Diablo. Anyway, I wonder if this is why they delayed some of their upcoming titles. I want my DW: Gundam 2!!!

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

BOOOOOO! Matt Hazard sucks ASS! It was like Gears of War..... If Gears of War was made by brain dead monkeys.

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

You guys actually thought it meant Diablo 3? LOL!

isaacmj
isaacmj

I'm starting to think Diablo 3 will never see the light...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I was going to say "Neat" but I see that BigDaddy973 has taken that one so I'll go with "Cool".

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

so......are we gonna get a dark sector sequel now?

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

WTF? Did Gamespot just refer to Namco Bandai as the "Afro Samurai publisher?" Last week they were calling Disney the "House of Mouse." Did one of the editors take a randomization pill or something? lol

Edot0
Edot0

lol not diablo! lame

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

95% of the people who read this title thought it was Diablo 3. [Giggle]

xblane
xblane

@Maverick4Ever: to make money?

Maverick4Ever
Maverick4Ever

doesn't sound like D3 is responsible for any too interesting titles. What's the point of acquiring them?

eljono
eljono

Awww s*** this isnt about Diablo 3...lame..

bobafett1701e
bobafett1701e

I would like to see them produce another Baten Kaitos game.

johnny
johnny

@deesnuts we just get excited when we see D3

Merl57
Merl57

hopefully they would just destroy them after acquiring them unlike all these other companies right now

fredwv
fredwv

I saw 'D3" and got excited for a second. Nothing to see here

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Damn you, Namco Bandai. :evil: Who is going to distribute Tomy's Naruto now? If it's you then I will never buy another Naruto game again. It's bad enough that the Shippuden anime flopped. Same goes for you D3, you traitors. :evil:

jadefury27
jadefury27

d3 is a great company. earth defence force might be one of the best $20 games ever. onechambara was ok in doses, and i cant wait for puzzle quest: glactrix

X-RS
X-RS

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deesnutts25
deesnutts25

To all the people who thought this was about diablo 3, please slap yourselves. Do you honestly think that bandai/namco has enough money to purchase 95% of acti blizzards shares? I think not. Besides why would blizz sell off one of its most famous ips?

johnny
johnny

this is the 2nd time i clicked on something referring to "D3" and it ends up not being diablo 3 =(

Genexi2
Genexi2

And here I was thinking the article was referring to Diablo 3.....

ImaginaryFriend
ImaginaryFriend

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CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

Wonder if Namco would create a puzzle game similar to Puzzle Quest with some Tales characters. That would be interesting. By the way, Challenge of the "Warlords" (who's proof reading this stuff, for a qick second, I thought there was a new PQ game coming out) is one of the most addictive puzzle games I have ever played. Hope to see good things from this buy out.