Namco Bandai reveals gamescom 2012 lineup

Joining a number of other publishers, Namco Bandai has announced their lineup for gamescom 2012.

Among the highlights this year is an exclusive demo of the upcoming Star Trek game, a look at the PC version of Dark Souls, TANK! TANK! TANK! for the Wii U, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Xbox 360 and PS3, and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and One Piece: Pirate Warriors both for the PS3. A pretty nice set of games overall, so it should be worth your time to stop by and check them out next week.

Read on for the announcement from Namco Bandai.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today unveiled the exciting and varied line up of titles that it will showcase at gamescom 2012 in Cologne, Germany from August 15th to 19th. Bringing some of the year’s most anticipated titles to the hands of the biggest audience of video game fans in the world, NAMCO BANDAI Games Ins.?s stand, located in Hall 9, Stand C11, will feature public hands-on gaming stations and a seated theater where the highly anticipated new Star Trek adventure will be demoed exclusively for visitors to the show.

Titles available for fans to play include the eagerly awaited fighting game TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 anime-based titles ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, acclaimed role playing adventure Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition and the intense arcade action of TANK! TANK! TANK! on Nintendo Wii U.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)
Release date: 08.24.2012

With tense dungeon crawling and fearsome enemy encounters, the seamlessly intertwined world of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is full of extreme battles, rewarding challenges, nuanced weaponry and magic and the flexibility to customize each character to suit any desired play style. The innovative online component allows gamers to draw from the collective experience of the Dark Souls community as they either help or sabotage each other on the journey through the world of Lordran to save the land from darkness. With a massive, seamless open world design, Dark Souls encourages deep exploration and an adaptable gameplay experience.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PLAYSTATION 3 system)
Release date: 01.22.2013

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is the heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into another world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way Oliver makes new friends and tames many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies.

Release date: 09.25.2012

Featuring the best-loved characters and the vast majority of adversaries from the ONE PIECE universe, ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS will invite players to do battle with a massive amount of opponents. The story mode will drop players right into the heart of the rich ONE PIECE universe filled with familiar characters, powerful enemies, touching moments and memorable scenes.

Star Trek (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PC)
Release date: Spring 2013

With a storyline occurring after the events of J.J. Abram?s 2009 Star Trek reboot, the Star Trek video game puts players in the shoes of seminal heroes Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, inviting them to work together to take on the ferocious Gorn in this epic action adventure. Built from the ground up as the ultimate co-op experience, players are set on a journey of immense proportions across unexplored planets and enemy battleships with the latest 23rd century weapons and gear. Kirk and Spock?s complementary personalities result in the most fully realized and varied co-op experience for this console generation.

TANK! TANK! TANK! (Nintendo Wii U)
Release date: Wii U launch window

Get ready for one of the most bombastic battle-party-games ever with TANK! TANK! TANK! Players will find a fantastic armament of tanks and weapons at their disposal to dispatch the enemy threat, including mechanical insects, gigantic dragons and even other players. Team up with three friends to battle with or against each other in fully destructible environments in a variety of action-packed story and multiplayer modes where weapons are never in short supply and threats are hiding behind every corner. Players will be able to arm their tanks with lasers, machine guns, missile pods, the dreaded Colossus Missile and power-ups scattered throughout each map.

Release date: 09.11.2012

TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 improves upon the tag-based combat of the original, with the latest installment introducing one-on-one fighting and solo fighter vs. tag team battles. These new modes introduce a new style of play in the TEKKEN? series and provide an easier point of access to new players, while keeping the game fresh for long time fans of the franchise.