While this news is a couple of days old already, I contacted Frank Cosentino of Namco (who also is the new head of this dept.) about the creation of Namco Amusement USA’s new Product Strategy Department and what that will mean exactly for Namco as well as operators. what this basically means is that Namco is now focusing extra attention on the development of new product (video & redemption) for the North & South Americas as well as Europe. Specifically in regards to the US, development teams in the US and Japan have “a number of projects on the table for the US market” and on top of that their “…ratio of US developed to Japanese developed has steadily increased. We are already over 50% Namco America product”. So essentially, Namco is ramping up production of product for the amusement sector and there are more games in the making than what we saw out of Japan recently. I also asked about pricing and Frank kindly responded :”Certainly, price is always in issue when considering development for the US. Both our team and the Japanese team is aware of the limitations of the price per play in the US. ” That’s always good to hear so we certainly look forward to seeing what Namco has up their sleeves in the coming months. IAAPA is going to be one show I’ll hate missing.