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Bandai Namco Vancouver Shutting Down

Bandai Namco Vancouver Shutting Down - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2018 / 1,657 Views

Bandai Namco Senior Vice President Landon Nguyen announced via Twitter that Bandai Namco Vancouver will be shutting down.

A small skeleton crew will remain on to help support Tekken Mobile.

The studio was founded in March 2013 and helped develop mobile titles such as Tekken Mobile, Pac-Man 256, Pac-Man Bounce and Tap My Katamari.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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flashfire926 (on 16 November 2018)

Man the Games industry in Vancouver has taken a huge hit over the years. Black Box, United Front, Rockstar Vancouver, Capcom Vancouver, Bandai Namco, and more have been shut down.

Darwinianevolution (on 16 November 2018)

What exactly happened in Vancouver to have so many studios shut down in so little time?

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shakarak (on 16 November 2018)

With how poor Dauntless sales have seemed to have been I wouldn't be surprised if Phoenix Labs is next to close.

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TheBird (on 17 November 2018)

I would say the cost of doing business in Vancouver is too high, or it's just a coincidence that all these studios have been making poorly selling games, and some just lost their usefulness to the bigger publishers. Not too much of an over exaggeration to say that a house the size of my kitchen would cost you a million dollars over there.

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flashfire926 (on 18 November 2018)

@darwinian I don't really have a definitive answer but if I had to take a guess it would be the ridiculously high cost of pretty much everything here in Vancouver. As bird said housing is ridiculously expensive.

In some of these cases, the cause of closure was clear cut. For Capcom Vancouver, Dead Rising 4 and their mobile game didnt sell very much. Also they bought in an era where Capcom's focus was to outsource games to western studio, a focus that they dont hold anymore.

Black Box made 4 mediocre Need for Speed games in a row, and the offerings from Slightly Mad and Criterion outclassed them greatly.

Rockstar Vancouver merged into Rockstar Toronto for some reasons, that we dont know.

United Front though, is still a mystery to me. I thought they found success with Modnation and then Sleeping Dogs, so I was surprised at their closure.

There are studios that still remain, such as Phoenix Labs, Relic Entertainment, EA Canada, Skybox Labs, and The Coalition that are still here though.

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