Bandai Namco Opens Rights to Old IPs

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. | Bandai Namco Opens Rights to Old IPs

Bandai Namco Games has announced that it will open the rights to seventeen of its older intellectual properties beginning this April.  Game companies and developers will be permitted to use or alter characters, stories, and music from these games as they please. Bandai Namco hopes that doing this will bring back interest in these properties.

The seventeen properties are as follows:

  • Pac-Man
  • Xevious
  • Dig Dug
  • Galaga
  • Battle City
  • Tower of Babel
  • Galaxian
  • Dragon Buster
  • Star Luster
  • Sky Kid
  • Wonder Momo
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Valkyrie no Bōken
  • Yōkai Dōchūki
  • Wagan Land
  • Genpei Tōma Den

While developers and game companies will be required to register and apply with Bandai Namco before using these IPs, the company plans to accept all applications, except for games with offensive content. Applications will initially be open to Japanese developers only, though Bandai Namco is considering later opening applications to foreign and independent developers. In addition, they will receive a percentage of the sales for any games using these properties.

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  • Pedro Rosas

    Someone needs to make a new Galaga and a new Valkirye game

  • Bakuryukun

    Whoa, this is interesting.

    • chris

      Pac-Man is what makes it interesting. Without him the list would be meaningless. Namco hasn’t touched the other properties outside of game collections in years. Pac-Man is actually kind of shocking as Namco still makes new games with it and he’s basically the company’s mascot.

  • No BravoMan? 🙁 I would have LOVED to make a BravoMan game! O_O

    Still, that’s a pretty swell move.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I would love to take The Tower of Druaga IP…I mean really

  • a55

    Seven of these IPs has not yet left Japan officially. (The first five games listed are commonplace on NES/Famicom pirate multicarts.) (Revived Western release hopes incoming)
    And the article forgot to mention Mappy.

  • Jeremy Barnes

    Smart move to generate interest in those franchises again.