Bandai Namco are the main developers of New Pokémon Snap, and thanks to New Pokémon Snap director Haruki Suzaki, we now know why. Suzaki had talked to IGN about it, revealing that it is because of their work on Pokkén Tournament. HAL Laboratory, the developers of the original Pokémon Snap, also got involved with the game’s development.
Suzaki said that “Pokkén Tournament utilized Bandai Namco Studio’s strengths and it made Pokémon appealing in a new way. Because of this, we got another opportunity to do something together again and this led to the development of New Pokémon Snap. We were able to talk with the developers [from the original game] and the project started with the involvement of many people”.