Bandai Namco acquire the studio behind next-gen action adventure Unknown 9: Awakening

With one of the splashier cinematic reveals for a next-gen game, Unknown 9 is set to be a multimedia experience with the third-person narrative-driven action adventure Unknown 9: Awakening a key pillar. Now Bandai Namco have given the game a major vote of confidence by acquiring Canadian developer Reflector Entertainment.


The acquisition is a part of Bandai Namco’s overarching goal of broadening their portfolio to be a 50:50 split between Japanese and Western games. This won’t see their strong anime-heavy line up diminish, but will expand to include more games like The Dark Pictures Anthology and Unknown 9.

Unknown 9 has already grown a bit of a following, including a mystery-thriller novel from bestselling author Layton Green entitled Unknown 9: Genesis, a podcast called Unknown 9: Out of Sight and a comic book called Unknown 9: Torment. Fans can delve even further into the world’s lore via where there’s Unknown 9: Chapters, an “interactive, community-driven experience” whatever that might mean.

Then there’s Unknown 9: Awakening. The game will follow the exploits of Haroona, a street urchin raised in Kolkata, India who’s haunted by visions of her own demise. She doesn’t let these overpower her, and is soon set on a path that sees her growing to understand her innate abilities while accessing the mysterious dimension known as The Fold.

Unknown 9: Awakening is expected to release for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S and PC in 2021.

Source: press release

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