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Banpresto and Bec Merge to Form B.B. Studio

Super Robot Wars series producer Takanobu Terada hints at new entry in series.


Banpresto and Bec are no more. According to Super Robot Wars series producer Takanobu Terada, writing at the Super Robot Wars series blog yesterday, the two firms were combined on April 1 into the new "B.B. Studio."

Bec, short for Bandai Entertainment Company, was previously a Bandai Namco Games subsidiary that developed countless games based off such franchises as Gundam, Digimon, Dragon Ball and Evangelion.

Banpresto once published games, but its publishing operations were moved to Bandai Namco Games in 2008. The name Banpresto continued in relation with games as a publishing label for titles like Super Robot Wars. Although Terada's company is now called B.B. Studio, Super Robot Wars will continue to carry the Banpresto label.

In the same blog post, Terada provided some hints about an upcoming Super Robot Wars game. A recent railer for the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release for Super Robot Wars OG The Inspector (see it at the Inspector official site), had some mysterious footage that seemed to hint at a new title. According to Terada, this new footage was from the opening demo video of an upcoming game. It was created by the CG team at B.B. Studio.

Terada said to expect further details on the title some time after the April 14 release of Super Robot Taisen Z 2nd Hakai-hen. Famitsu is actually promising a big Super Robot Wars series feature for this week's issue, but Terada's comments seem to suggest that we won't get a look at the new game this week.

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