Namco High Developer to Shut Down

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Despite the fun premise of Namco High, the crossover high school simulator game by Namco Bandai subsidiary ShiftyLook, the studio has announced that it will be closing its doors.

The internal studio was opened up in 2011, and it was most notable for its games like Bravoman: Binja Bash, and the aforementioned Namco High. All of their ongoing games that have online functionality will go offline as the studio comes to a closure.

The statement had a somber retrospective on the studio:

“We originally got the ShiftyLook project going at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. back in Fall 2011. The idea was to take the unused, “sleeping” video game characters of our past and bring them back first with webcomics, and then – once they had gotten enough traction – expand into other media like web animation, games, and merchandise.

I’m happy to say that we’ve done this with Wonder Momo, Bravoman, and some other very cool characters, which are now beloved not just in gamer circles, but at conventions, art groups, and many, many places we’d never expect. That said, now that we have successfully revived so many franchises, the heavy lifting is completed – and so is our work. We battled the video games abyss and won, which means it’s time for us to move on and let the hit-makers play with some new toys.”

Bravoman will be available via iOS, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore until March 30th, while in app purchases will be available until March 16th. Namco High will be totally shut down effectively June 30th. ShiftyLook is still planning to release its Wonder Momo video game, although a release date is not set in stone.

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