According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is collaborating with South Korean game developers Com2us to bring the Summoners War realm to life. Initial plans include comics and an animated series with other platforms being added later.
Summoners War is a strategy game where players can battle more than 1,000 various monsters. Since its launch in 2014, the game has garnered over 80 million downloads raking in over one billion dollars in revenue.
Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment will develop the project along with its CEO Dave Alpert and Catherine Winder, producer for Star Wars: Clone Wars. “We couldn’t be more excited to work closely with Skybound to expand the Summoners War franchise into new mediums. Our goal at Com2us has always been to allow our amazing community to interact with the Summoners War IP in engaging ways, and through this partnership we can’t wait for it to expand into comics, animation and more. In addition, Skybound’s enthusiasm for our partnership has reaffirmed our decision to continue expanding into additional brand platforms in the future,” Casey Lee, CEO of Com2us USA told Heat Vision.
Kirkman and Alpert founded Skybound Entertainment in 2010. The company is the brains behind The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Outcast (Cinemax). Skybound recently moved into the VR world with narrative project, Gone, for Samsung’s Milk platform and will expand their universe into theaters with Invincible. Based off another Kirkman comic, the film is set to be directed and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
“The Summoners War team has created an incredibly compelling and fantastical world ripe with engaging characters and storytelling opportunities. We are excited and proud to partner with them to expand this rich universe, loved by so many from around the world for audiences across all cultures and ages, into multiple forms of content filled with the adventure and wonder of the game,” Kirkman, Winder and Alpert said in a joint statement.
Unfortunately fans of the Summoners War franchise will need to be satisfied with the gaming platform for the time being as no official dates have been announced for the expansion.