The publishing rights to "Peanuts," the renowned comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz have been awarded to Namco, according to a press release by the company. The partnership allows Namco to create and publish games featuring "Peanuts" characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Linus and Pigpen for all current and upcoming game platforms through 2009.
“'Peanuts' is one of the most celebrated comic strips of all time, and Charlie Brown and his friends have firmly cemented their place as American icons of the highest order,” said Jeff Lujan, Business Director at Namco Hometek, Inc. “We relish this opportunity to continue these beloved characters’ storylines through the medium of games and are honored to introduce this cherished property to an all-new generation of gamers.”
No games have been announced, but it's a safe bet that Namco didn't buy the license without having some games in mind. We'll keep you posted on any future announcements regarding the franchise.