Namco Bandai and Sony form Cellius
The joint venture will reportedly develop titles for the PS3, and mobile phones
Namco Bandai and Sony's Playstation unit announced today that the two companies have formed a new development studio, dubbed Cellius Inc.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies are investing a combined $821,000 in the venture, with Namco Bandai owning 51 percent of the operation, and Sony owning the minority stake. Namco Bandai's Isao Nakamura has been tapped to head the studio. Nakamura is perhaps best known as the creator of the Ridge Racer franchise.
Details on the specific focus of the new venture are still scarce. Cellius will "use Sony's Cell chip, which powers PlayStation 3, to create games for the console and content for mobile phones and personal computers," Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka said, according to Bloomberg.com. It is unclear specifically how Sony's scalable Cell chip will be used for mobile development.
An SCEE spokeperson followed up with gaming blog Kotaku, saying "The new company, combining development technologies and flexible way of thinking which both SCEI and NBGI have, will develop new contents business in order to create interactive and 'surprising' contents."
Operations are slated to begin March 6th, with around 30 initial employees. Modojo Biz will have more on Cellius and the company's specific plans within the mobile gaming space soon.