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Bandai Namco Acquires Majority Stake In 'Park Beyond' Developer Limbic Entertainment

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2022 @ 1:28 a.m. PDT

Following its strategy to accelerate Western development capabilities, Bandai Namco has increased its investment in Limbic Entertainment GmbH, acquiring a majority stake in the German developer. 

This deal continues Bandai Namco Europe’s content strategy aimed at creating a significant share of its business outside of Japan, while widening the portfolio of renowned publisher.

“This investment is much more than a strategic move for Bandai Namco. With Stephan, Alex and their teams, we share the same values and passion for games. For the past 3 years, we have worked together on the creation of new IPs,” commented Arnaud Muller, CEO of Bandai Namco Europe. “The first game Park Beyond will be released in 2023 but there is much more to come. This investment is just the continuity of our existing relationship, and we will help Limbic become the new reference in strategy and simulation games.”.

Founded in 2002 by Stephan Winter and Alexander Frey, Limbic Entertainment has developed over 20 titles with their latest game, Park Beyond, as the first game of the partnership with Bandai Namco Europe, releasing in 2023. Based in Langen, Germany, the studio, known for its expertise in strategy and simulation games, is made up by 90 talented and experienced developers, and has more than one unannounced title currently in development.

“With Bandai Namco we are very lucky to have a partner who shares our goals, values and commitment to develop amazing titles. Working together up to this point has already shown the trust and mutual respect that characterizes our relationship,” added Stephan Winter, Co-Founder and CEO of Limbic Entertainment. “Solidifying this bond gives us the opportunity to up our game - to plan even more ambitiously and bring Limbic Entertainment to the next level."

This majority stake will enable the studio to take full advantage of all of Bandai Namco Europe’s back office, publishing and distribution expertise.

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