Bandai Namco Set to Acquire Unknown 9: Awakening Studio Reflector Entertainment

Today Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that it's set to acquire Canadian studio Reflector Entertainment.

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RightFootGames1105d ago

Interesting, Bandai/Namco with the big moves recently.

I really liked that trailer, looking forward to seeing more about the game.

phoenixwing1105d ago

Good move to buy them while they're still developing a game. Makes for a smaller price tag if you get them while they're spending on development.


New Management Structure of Sony Interactive Entertainment

Jim Ryan to retire next spring and Hiroki Totoki to assume Interim CEO role while keeping his current role at Sony Group.

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blackblades3h ago(Edited 3h ago)

Y'all got what y'all wanted lets see if anything change hopefully for the better. A Japanese head would be better then Jim I bet.

-Foxtrot3h ago

"Y'all got what y'all wanted"

Yup...and I'm pretty sure most of us are content

His plans for the future of Sony were awful so...no great loss

Good riddance

Eonjay3h ago

Why did people hate him so much?
It seemed personal. I didn't get it.

raWfodog3h ago(Edited 3h ago)

I think a lot of people didn't like the direction that PlayStation was going under Jim with his heavy emphasis of GaaS games being developed by the first-party studios. That's just my impression.

-Foxtrot3h ago


Just his comments and business like approach to the industry along with some stupid sounding remarks.

He wanted a GaaS future for PlayStation and set those plans in motion (god knows if they will stop now)

We don't get much communication aswell, apart from Wolverine what else is coming to PlayStation after Spiderman 2 that isn't third party and GaaS related? Nobody wants to have games announced 3-4 years before they are actually released but give us something.

Microsoft bought Zenimax and Activision, it's clear they probably won't stop so where's the reaction from Sony? They should be doubling down hard or building up a new studio to counter the games they are missing out on but they aren't instead it's "lets throw GaaS shit at the wall like a dozen times and see what sticks"

He just hasn't really got anything on Jack Tretton and Shawn Layden

Tapani2h ago(Edited 2h ago)

Yeah you go Fox, show them how the 27 billion USD business is led. You know what is a loss for every single Playstation user and have all the insights to roadmaps and investments, I'm sure you sat in those meetings the respected and well-known leader you are, and would have made all the right calls. I'd like to thank you for speaking for all of us.

Meanwhile, in the world of reality, PS5 was launched amid global pandemic and is SIE's fastest selling console yet and the Sony Corp stock nearly doubled.

First and foremost, Jim Ryan is responsible for 12700 people, and their families, and of course shareholders, and finally the consumers who buy their products. In that order.

He and his management team has all the data in the world from the Playstation product family, including countless of consumer insight projects from multiple regions and age groups, and knows exactly where and how gamers want to play today. This is reflected on the revenue increase, unit sales in both hardware and software, and is a clear showing of his outstanding performance at a very difficult job in extraordinary circumstances.

Philaroni2h ago

Jack Trenton to this day might be the best CEO I ever seen, I remember to this day him coming out and saying sorry for the PlayStation outage. And, it felt real. Go back and watch it.

-Foxtrot2h ago


Oooo. Seemed to hit a nerve. Kind of strange, I think I've found a Ryan supporter...that's rare.

"You know what is a loss for every single Playstation user and have all the insights to roadmaps and investments"

But...I haven't even mentioned users and investments.

Countering points I haven't said is just going to make you look pretty stupid at the end of the day, it's like you wanted to argue but couldn't really find much in my comment to really counter so just saw what you wanted to see so you could argue back.

Godmars2902h ago

For me it was the "Drama Simulator" focus. Getting interactive movies called games.

Then there are all the Horizon and Last of Us remakes. Re-releases?

itsmebryan2h ago(Edited 2h ago)

@ Eonjay
I think after that whole ABK fiasco and now Sony is going to be investigated of his involvement. I knew he wasn't going to be around much longer.

Sharky2311h ago


I don’t think people hated him. He was just more business oriented than past Heads. That doesn’t relate well with gamers.

__SteakDeck__48m ago

@Godmars290 Didn’t “Interactive movies” start under Shawn Layden?

__SteakDeck__46m ago

@Sharky231 That’s because most gamers want a “friend”. How’s that working out for Xbox? Lol

Sunny_D39m ago

People who think Sony are just going to change plans because he’s retiring are in for a huge disappointment. He left the PlayStation doing better than they ever have. That’s what board members and shareholders care to see. They have a 6 month plan for him to help ease the transition before his retirement for that reason.

Do people really think Sony is going to stop the GAAS games they have been working on for a few years now? No. It was a necessary thing for Sony to be able to fund their 1st party development.

Zeref29m ago

Those 10 GaaS games are still coming though 😏

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neutralgamer19923h ago

We want these type of charismatic PlayStation leaders with clear messaging and understanding of what make’s PlayStation strong

Shawn Layden
Andrew house
Jack Trenton

Nothing against Jim he is just a suit who looks at numbers only. So hopefully he enjoys his retirement

I think Sony didn’t like how MS were able to acquire so much talent while Jim was sitting in the sideline

Hopefully we start to get a much clearer picture of what PlayStation will look like moving forward and less focus on GAAS

Tapani2h ago(Edited 2h ago)

But what are these numbers? If the majority wants a certain thing, even if it is GaaS, and a minority, which I am possibly part of, wants great single-player AAA game experiences, should he select us over what the "numbers" (=majority) says?

If you were in that position, and you had 12700 people in your organization, shareholders, and finally the fans who say (=numbers) they want a certain thing, would you go against it because a certain minority likes single player experiences? I certainly would go where the money and majority wants me to go. Why? Because it has the highest possibility to bring joy to the largest amount of people.

Numbers are not just digits. They are opinions, how people behave, what most people really want. I'm not in the GaaS camp personally, I don't play any multiplayer games at all, except FFXIV for the story, and only once, and mostly alone.

Besides, who knows if Jim Ryan was internally fighting the GaaS as much as he could, but had to simply present the GaaS concept in public due to internal pressure from multiple "numbers" teams?

We just really don't know, and we are not the right people to judge his performance or his character or personality. Quite frankly, the numbers are the best indication of his performance and success, not us on these forums.

VenomUK2h ago(Edited 2h ago)

Venom is calling his replacement now: Hermen Hulst.

And you can quote me on that!

VenomUK1h ago

…then again, how would you feel if Shawn Layden came back for another act?!

Sunny_D37m ago

Jim isn’t just making all the decisions regarding acquisitions. There Would have been discussions on who they would acquire. Also if you have been following the Activision acquisition case, you would know that Sony weren’t just sitting by letting MS acquire them.

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-Foxtrot3h ago

It's Blackblades, he loves the GaaS games Sony are doing, he's all for them.

blackblades2h ago(Edited 2h ago)

Lol foxthot I don't mind them existing and don't agree with the 10 live services he planned. A few wouldve been fine but that manying is unnecessary. I also seen how successful they can be finiacally and enjoyable they can be. Unlike you who hates hates hates hates and blindly hates everything

SyntheticForm2h ago



Sony have said that they're committed to keeping the narrative third-person action-adventure games going, and that's alright, though I'd like to see something different and fresh and new.

Bungie I assume is going to facilitate much of that GAAS. Again, fine, but I'm not enthused, even given Bungie's shooter pedigree. I'm tired of online shooters and Destiny-likes.

Philaroni2h ago

Now if my Denver Broncos could do the same........ those who know know...

shinoff21832h ago

Ouch Phil. You gonna need hug

The Wood2h ago

Ryan was too western imo. A more eastern PS can boost the console further

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sparky773h ago

Not surprising getting out while the stocks are high he knows the future isn't bright for Playstation.