In shock news that is bound to cause a stir throughout the gaming community, Namco Bandai are rebranding around the world to face the new console generation with a slick new identity.
Prepare yourself. Are you ready? From April 1st, Namco Bandai will become... Bandai Namco.
So, erm, yeah. Sorry. The veteran publisher has actually been known as Bandai Namco in Japan since the two companies merged, so they've decided to solidify their branding worldwide.
According to Gematsu, company executives believe that the transition will "elevate the appeal and value of the Bandai Namco brand overseas," which seems a bit optimistic to us. If anything it will just confuse punters for a while; it's Jif vs Cif all over again. Still, the change is happening on April 1st, so I suppose this could just be the groundwork for an elaborate boardroom prank.
This will take a little getting used to, so be ready to poke us with a sharpened comment if we get it wrong from April onwards.