Bandai Namco Files For Self-Named ‘Next’ Project, Suggested To Be Direct-like Presentation For The Publisher

Posted on March 1, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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In the age of COVID-19, virtual presentations and livestreamed showcases are common place for millions of players to tune in and learn about coming projects and other related endeavors. But it is not to say the ambition was created recently. In the past console generation, Nintendo helmed the medium with its self-named ‘Nintendo Direct’ that thousands of viewers tune into live for.

The pursuit later trickled to influence other firms like Microsoft with its Xbox 20/20 presentation, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s State of Play, and even Google’s Stadia Connect live presentations. But this goes even further to publishers as well – namely EA Play Live which continues to be executed annually.

According to a new trademark filed by Bandai Namco, it appears the Japanese publisher is following in those footsteps as well. The filing while currently removed was initially tipped by @Nibellion on Twitter who relayed the trademark being made.

Bandai Namco in the past resorted to other platform holders respected presentations and other livestreamed shows to relay its coming projects. But looking ahead, the new discovery indicates that the Japanese publisher plans to handle its own announcements directly with ‘Bandai Namco Next’. There is no tangible lead to offer when the first show might take place.

But in regards to what might be present at the aforementioned showcase, it is suspected that FromSoftware’s Elden Ring is a likely possibility to be featured. Recent reports of new footage for the 2019-announced game gathered implies a new reveal is coming soon, says industry insiders. You can read the initial report by heading here.

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