Bandai Namco has acquired Unknown 9 developer Reflector Entertainment


Publisher pushing for international presence

Bandai Namco announced that it has acquired Canadian studio Reflector Entertainment. The acquisition is part of the publisher’s ongoing efforts to produce more gaming content that is developed outside of its home territory of Japan.

Founded in 2016 by Alexandre Amancio and Lune Rouge, Reflector Entertainment is a studio heavily-invested in building deep, narrative worlds, an idea the studio realises through various media including podcasts, visual novels, and films – as well as video games. At Gamescom 2019, Reflector debuted its upcoming release Unknown 9: Awakening, which itself is based on the “Universe 9” series of books, comics, and podcasts.

“Designing and developing the content we shall publish and distribute is the cornerstone of our strategy,” said Bandai Namco Europe COO Arnaud Muller in a press release. “The creative vision and development capacity of Reflector Entertainment will boost Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe’s ability to craft breathtaking experiences over the years. We look forward to working with such a skilled team, and to welcome them to the Bandai Namco Entertainment family.”

The deal will complete in late-2020, at which point Armancio will become Chief Creative Officer of Reflector Entertainment, working alongside Bandai Namco VP of Content Hervé Hoerdt.

Unknown 9: Awakening is currently in development for PC and next-gen consoles.

Bandai Namco acquires Unknown 9 developer Reflector Ent. []