Namco, the company famed for the highly successful Ridge Racer series, would appear to be the latest company eyeing up Sega.

Back in February we announced that Sega was to merge with Sammy Corp who make Pachniko slot machines; however it now looks likely that any move to merge with Namco would effectively kill off the earlier deal.

The original merger deal came in for some criticism since it was
announced. However, any deal struck between the two arcade giants would create one of the biggest companies in Japan.

Namco have issued a statement, saying "We are certain that
consolidation of the two companies operations in every business field would bring about maximum synergy effects".

The Japanese stock market appears to have reacted well to the news of a merger between Sega and Namco, and such a deal between the companies could be great for gamers as both companies have published some very popular titles over the last few decades.

Will we see a Sega GT crossed with Ridge Racer title later this year, or maybe a Sonic and Tekken game? We'll have to find out at E3 next month.

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