Bandai Namco teams up with UIG Entertainment
Bandai Namco has announced today through twitter that they will be publishing UIG Entertainment’s 2015 upcoming titles following a newly signed distribution agreement. Sources close to Gamasutra have published a press release in which the two companies said their agreement will cover UIG’s Professional Farmer 2016 as well as Professional Lumberjack 2016 and the already published Professional Lumberjack 2015. UIG Managing Director Christoph Bayer said they were happy to cooperate with Bandai Namco on their titles and that he is sure this cooperation, as well as their combined experience in the game industry will improve to the quality of the German software house’s games.
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The “Professional” series is a collection of simulators, from farming to managing a warehouse. Players find themselves stacking boxes, operating heavy machinery, ploughing fields, chopping down trees and collecting crops but also managing the economic part of the activity they are running. UIG hopes this deal will help them increase sales and make their products better known to the public and the international markets. Bandai Namco has been responsible for some of the most famous and successful franchises in the videogame industry including PAC-MAN, Tekken, and Ace Combat making them the right partner to achieve this objective. The company also runs marketing and sales operation in 50 countries across the globe.
Bandai Namco has announced that they are thrilled to be collaborating with UIG and they look forward to their new games. The games will be distributed throughout 2015 both on PC and consoles worldwide via digital release. Physical copies will also be delivered to retailers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the countries of Scandinavia although the press release didn’t mention any standing co-operation between specific retailers and the two companies. Release dates are yet to be announced but as the games are supposed to be sold during next year it is to believe they will be out by the end of 2015.