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Namco Bandai expands publishing deal with Codemasters

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Namco Bandai has announced the signing of a deal to publish upcoming titles from UK-based publisher and developer Codemasters across Europe and Australasia.

The announced deal is actually the expansion of a partnership initially formed between the two companies in 2010, and according to a press release, will see:

“Namco Bandai distribute GRID 2, the much anticipated sequel to the acclaimed BAFTA award-winning title, in every key territory of continental Europe, including United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Switzerland and parts of Eastern Europe, the entire Benelux and Nordic regions, plus Australia and New Zealand.”

Grid 2, the sequel to 2008’s Race Driver: Grid and scheduled for release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in May, is not the only game included within the deal, which apparently also includes other “major forthcoming games to be published by Codemasters on its Codemasters Racing label.”

Speaking of the partnership between the two companies, Rod Cousens, CEO of Codemasters, said, “We have progressed our relationship with Namco Bandai Partners for more than two years and, during that time, we have expanded territorial reach, which has worked well. We are now able to build on this and further extend our relationship to embrace more countries, including the UK and functions. By working together in this fashion we play to each other’s strengths and are trailblazing an arrangement which is likely to become more prevalent in a borderless industry.”

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