Namco franchises find European publishers

Koch Media signs on to release Warhammer: Mark of Chaos and Mage Knight: Apocalypse; Atari to handle Saint Seiya: The Hades.

Sometimes game publishing is truly an international affair. The North American arm of Japanese game company Namco Bandai Games today announced that three of its properties have found publishing homes in Europe. Warhammer: Mark of Chaos and Mage Knight: Apocalypse will be released for the PC before the end of 2006 by Koch Media's Deep Silver label, while France-based Atari will take responsibility for the newly announced Saint Seiya: The Hades for the PlayStation 2 in Q3 2006.

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos is a real-time strategy game set in the popular Games Workshop fantasy universe, which GameSpot saw in action at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year. Mage Knight: Apocalypse is a fantasy-themed action role-playing game based on the Mage Knight tabletop franchise.

Saint Seiya: The Hades is the sequel to 2005's Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary and is an action game based on the Saint Seiya manga and anime series. Gamers will be tasked with saving the world by doing battle against evil forces from Hades, known as the Specters. The game is being developed by Japanese studio Dimps, which released some screenshots today.

The moves follow not long after Namco Bandai Games America's partnership with Electronic Arts was announced, which will see the two companies bring games based on Universal Pictures movies to Europe.

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28 comments
Infinitywheel
Infinitywheel

I really hope these upcoming games will not be as DISAPPOINTING as Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.

bbyboy69us
bbyboy69us

I agree on the idea of bringing Saint Seiya to the US. Most likely is one of the best Anime series of all times. Greek Mythology is something cool which teaches you the names of every constellation. I believe this game will bring a good market in the US, and I will prefer the series without editing. There has been games more violent and aggressive like the GTA series being released un North America that this game would not be bad at all. People in North America need to realize is one of the favorite themes for all Americans. I hope someone from Bandai would read this and consider bringing this game for all the Saint Seiya fans in North America.

korichy
korichy

I am glad that we will have a chance to test our abilities as 24/7 players in a saint saiya game, here we go!!!! At last I will bring back childhood memories.

ken65
ken65

I agreed to myself and all 6 Continent expect for North America that Saint Seiya is the future for all anime fans and no matter what anyone says anything bad about it I will not care what they say!

snakepliskin35
snakepliskin35

Cohnai thats BS Saint Seiya is kick ass us Americans need a great game like Saint Seiya the Hades Chapter here. its way better then that Dragon Ball Z crap. All for brining Saint Seiya to the U.S. say I!

cohnai
cohnai

do you know why we Americans dont bring that here? cause it sucks, thats why. and we dont listen to people who cant speak English at all that try to convince us to bring bad games to a country with good games.

ken65
ken65

Why dont these Americans bring Saint Seiya to here??? It is one of the most FAMOUS ANIME EVER of all times!!!!

kkkknaruto
kkkknaruto

man.....so many people here at Canada love Saint Seya. This sukz!!!!!!! read this you publishers. BRING IT TO NORTH AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!

ken65
ken65

Why did they skip the Asgard and Poseidon chapther game? Now I'm going to miss those characters that I always wanted to play with it!

man-of-mystery2
man-of-mystery2

It's good that they found a publisher but really....Koch Media! :lol: They should seriously think of changing the name even if it is a German company!!

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

They need to bring Saint Seiya to the American Continet, there is a big fan base for Saint Seiya

universquall
universquall

Yay we finally get some more Tales games. Thanks Namco ^_^ ********

Inv_Machine
Inv_Machine

As long as Mage Knight: Apocalypse is a great game and gets released on time, I don't care who publishes it. Well...... unless it's Ubisoft. XD

fishheads111
fishheads111

i dont care who the publisher is..as long as the game is good..and its nice that the europeans r getting this now....more players online!!:P

snakepliskin35
snakepliskin35

Will Saint Seiya be realesed in the U.S. because we really need a Saint Seiya game over here.

drakron
drakron

Good news? Oh really ... how about Xenosaga Ep. III? notice how ABSENT it is from that list. What we get from Namco is 2 things, fighting games and god awful games that makes me wish the US did not stop at 2 back in 45 ...

rbarahona
rbarahona

Good news for european gamers. It's good to read that more and more games are going to other markets.

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

I'm amazed we're getting the Saint Seiya game.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

it doesnt really matter who is publishing the games

drollia
drollia

good to hear the Europe is getting some of these games

wugglez
wugglez

why not bring existing franchises to europe, like the 'tales of' games there are few of them in english compared to the number of them made only acouple of them are worth playing