Namco Bandai Games today signed a business partnership agreement with Chinese Internet company Tencent Games to co-develop a new online game based on Masashi Kishimoto’s award-winning Naruto manga and anime franchise.
The game is expected to be launched sometime in 2013, on Tencent’s online gaming portal game.qq.com.
According to the press release, Tencent Games was picked for the co-development project as Namco Bandai Games viewed the Chinese games maker as one that possesses world-class games development and platform management know-how.
Further, Tencent Games’ parent company, Tencent Holdings, also owns Riot Games, the developer of popular free-to-play (F2P) title League of Legends, which the Chinese company previously acquired for approximately US$400 million.
The announcement today also mentioned that Cyberconnect2, the development studio behind Namco Bandai’s best-selling Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm and Naruto Narutimate Hero games, would be involved in the new online game’s development process.
The new Naruto online title will be launched specifically for the Chinese market. Namco Bandai did not specify if the online game would be launched in Japan or other markets.
Source: Game Spark