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Namco Gets Afro
« on: September 01, 2005, 04:44:25 PM »
Namco secures rights to produce two Afro Samurai video games within the next five years.

NAMCO AWARDED RIGHTS FROM GDH TO PUBLISH "AFRO SAMURAI" VIDEO GAMES    


Groundbreaking Manga Series to Make Video Game Debut    


  Santa Clara, Calif., (August 30, 2005) – Global video games publisher, Namco  Hometek Inc. and leading Japanese animation studio, GDH K.K. announced today  that GDH has granted Namco the exclusive interactive entertainment rights to  "Afro Samurai," the gritty manga series created by Takashi Okazaki. The  agreement gives Namco rights to publish two different "Afro Samurai" video  games over the next five years.    


“'Afro Samurai' is a visually striking and rich story.” said Jeff Lujan,  business director at Namco Hometek Inc. “With its gritty and unique mix of  hip-hop and samurai styling, 'Afro Samurai' is perfectly suited for video  games.  We are looking forward to working with GDH in bringing this exciting  new property to life.”    


"Afro Samurai" follows the story of one man’s journey of bloody hardship and  pain.  After witnessing the cold blooded murder of his father, Afro devotes  himself to the path of revenge.  He sheds no tears, knows no love and stops  at nothing to achieve his goal.  Forever chased by powerful enemies in a  lawless technology-speckled dystopia, he evades bullets and blades to reach  his final prey: a man who will not die...  Created by acclaimed visualist  Takashi Okazaki, and originally told in comic book form, "Afro Samurai" is  currently in pre-production by GDH group company GONZO and Japan's largest  TV network and motion picture production company, FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK as  an animated mini-series which  Academy Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson has  joined as both co-producer and lead voice actor.  Also, "Afro Samurai" will  be adapted into a live-action feature film with Samuel L. Jackson to star as  the title character and co-producer.    


“Namco is uniquely qualified to publish games based on 'Afro Samurai,' Gonzo  is just ecstatic to work with a company that is so passionate about the  vision of the franchise and who has produced so many outstanding,  award-winning games” said Eric Calderon, Vice President of Creative Affairs  at GDH.  “We're all really excited about working together to break new  ground - creatively and technologically.  I can't wait to play it!  We're  psyched that it's going to arrive around the same time as our animated  series, comics, and then there’s the upcoming live-action movie.  The timing  is just perfect."

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RE: Namco Gets Afro
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2005, 09:07:42 PM »
"... i only see pS2s at the halfway house so its those crazy druggies playing them." - animecyberrat

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RE: Namco Gets Afro
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2005, 12:57:57 AM »
Naah, a consultant is the least of their worries. I've heard reports of Namco executives roaming the streets, attacking people while screaming "BRAAAAAAIIIINNS!" in an eerie voice.