Taking a page from the recent Square Enix Collective initiative, Bandai Namco has decided to go an extra step further by offering its classic beloved franchises for indie development revival. We’re not talking Gex or Anachronox here, we’re talking some of the most classic and influential franchises of all time!
All developers need in order to work with these franchises is a simple project pitch to Bandai Namco, and if it passes, they can continue the project with minimal supervision. My guess is that the pitches must be beyond rock solid for such creative freedom. The 17 franchises include PAC-MAN and many others you might remember.
- The Tower of Druaga
- Battle City
- Star Luster
- Tower of Babel
- Adventure of Valkyrie
- Sky Kid
- Dragon Buster
- Shadow Land
- Genpei Toma Den
- Wonder Momo
- Wagan Land
I think I speak for everyone that no indie team will be able to top the genius of PAC-MAN Championship Edition, but more power to any studio out there who proves me wrong.
What else from this list would make a sweet indie franchise? The most fitting for the modern audience is a new Tower of Druaga, I think. The original is a seamless blend of RPG exploration and arcade action, and that seems to be a trend on the indie and mobile markets.
I would love to play a “championship edition” of arcade classics like Dig Dug, Galaga, and Dragon Buster, and Bandai Namco’s Adventure of Valkyrie stars an excellent lead female character who is sadly wasted these days.
Bandai Namco seems to want these projects to remain smaller in focus, though, with an emphasis on “smartphone apps, browser games, and new network devices.” Take from that what you will.