Namco Bandai Games Inc. is a video game developer and publisher based in Tokyo, Japan. Namco Bandai Games is the product of a 2006 merger between Namco and Bandai, two separate video game developers (with the latter also being a toy manufacturer). In the United States and Europe, video game publishing is handled by subsidiary companies named Namco Bandai Games America and Namco Bandai Games Europe, respectively.
Namco Bandai Games has been the publisher of the Ace Combat series starting with Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War since it was the first Ace Combat game to release after the merger. Before the merger, the Ace Combat series was published by Namco alone.
Since Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, an internal development team within Namco, and later Namco Bandai Games, was accredited to the development of the Ace Combat series. The team was known as "The AC04 Project" for Ace Combat 04, and was then renamed to Project Aces for all of their subsequent games. Project Aces continues to handle development of the console games, while other development teams outside of Namco Bandai Games (such as Access Games) have worked on other titles.