Namco Bandai has announced they have opened a new studio in Vancouver, Canada, according to the British Columbia's Government Newsroom. The studio will begin developing games in June and will focus on online social games.
The new studio will work closely with the local government as well has universities to develop and hire talent. The goal of the studio is to develop content that provides "Dreams, Fun and Inspiration" around the world.
"As we build our global development network, we are very honored and excited to have found Canada as our partner," said Namco Bandai CEO Hajime Nakatani. "British Columbia has demonstrated a deep understanding of the digital media and game industries, especially in Vancouver, which has a long history as a pioneer in game development."
"This makes it a perfect choice for our first step forward in establishing our global network," Nakatani continued. "I am confident that we will be able to achieve new and amazing feats in Canada, thanks to its great talent pool, leading edge academic and research institutions and pro-business federal and provincial governments."
"The decision by NAMCO BANDAI to locate a new game studio in Vancouver to develop online social games for the North American market is a testament to the strength and innovation of the B.C. video game industry sector, its local development talent and its strong educational institutions," said the president of DigiBC Howard Donaldson.
Namco Bandai also announced they will open a studio in Singapore in June 2013. Both studios will receive support from Namco Bandai's Tokyo studio.