Bandai Namco confirms showcase on July 1 at Anime Expo 2023

Bandai Namco Entertainment is calling it the "Summer Showcase" where it promises to drop "exciting announcements and game reveals."

With excitement reaching fever pitch, Bandai Namco, the household name in anime video games, gears up to dominate the Anime Expo 2023 with its much-anticipated Summer Showcase

More Dragon Ball: Budokai Tenkaichi 4 news should've dropped at this year's Dragon Ball day but the Anime Expo isn't a bad place to reveal more details about it.

Promising a wave of thrilling announcements, game reveals, and numerous on-the-floor activities, the showcase is going to take place on July 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT.

“The Bandai Namco Summer Showcase panel returns this year, once again bringing together top anime game makers from Japan to deliver a barrage of news and reveals,” the press release read, leaving fans excited for what could be announced and showcased at the said event.

Blue Protocol was hit by a massive delay last year, forcing fans outside of Japan to wait or find a way around the region lock to check out the anime MMO.

The Anime Expo 2023, running from July 1 to 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is heaven for anime and video game enthusiasts. Bandai Namco, renowned for iconic franchises such as Tekken, Soulcalibur, and Dragon Ball, is slated to occupy an important spot in the lineup.

Notable for the breadth of its offerings in both the Japanese and Western markets, Bandai Namco has a reputation for its constant presence in the anime convention. From the highly sought-after Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot to the Tekken series, the publisher has a proven track record of delivering blockbuster gaming experiences.

For this year, fans are eagerly awaiting news on various anime titles, including Naruto, SAND LAND, Sword Art Online, Baten Kaitos, and more, although we'd definitely be okay if Bandai threw us a curve ball and dropped in an Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon update at the event or any information about Elden Ring.

Of course, the main highlights of the events are likely to be Naruto x Boruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections, Sword Art Online: Last Recollection, and One Piece Odyssey.

But while these are the confirmed stars of the shows, updates on the much-anticipated return of the iconic Dragon Ball line of fighting games, Dragon Ball: Budokai Tenkaichi 4, and the anime MMO, Blue Protocol, are eagerly awaited if excepted as well.

While the Anime Expo is mostly an event about Japanese animation, it's been known to play host to a non-anime announcement or two.

While Bandai Namco's statement is purposely vague, the exciting aura around it has got fans theorizing significant news could be announced.

Ultimately, no matter what's revealed, it's certain that Bandai Namco's presence at Anime Expo 2023 will be a pivotal event for anime gaming fans. So, mark your calendars, because this Summer Showcase promises to bring an exhilarating rush of anime gaming magic!


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Ray Ampoloquio
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