Namco Bandai Games Japan has today announced a partnership with major Chinese Internet company Tencent Games to jointly develop Naruto online games for the PC. CyberConnect2, the developer for the Ultimate Ninja games, will lend their expertise. No specific details were announced, but a game will be released this year in China.
The Chinese online games market is worth 44.6 billion Chinese yuan (around $7 billion USD). Tencent offers a number of online, multiplayer games through it’s portal site, QQ Games. Their repertoire includes the massively multiplayer online side-scrolling fighting game Dungeon & Fighter and the first person shooter CrossFire, both of which saw a North American release.
Namco Bandai has sold over 10 million Naruto games worldwide to date. At this time, however, it seems the Naruto online games will be developed for China. Though you never know, they could bring Naruto to PC (and mobile phones) in the future to other countries. We at Saiyan Island certainly think fans around the world could appreciate that!