If you loved Oni Press' first foray into tabletop, you're going to be ecstatic about their next announcement.
That's because the comics publisher has decided to get full on into the Tabletop industry with a new imprint called Oni Games. Oni has already experienced success in this regard with Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game (Renegade Games), their Dead of Winter comic series (Plaid Hat Games), and their Sixth Gun Savage Worlds project. Now it's time to think even bigger.
"As fans of the exciting developments and explosive growth in modern tabletop, we are excited to bring the same level of quality and execution in our creator-owned comics and graphic novels to the world of board games," commented Oni Press' VP of Creative/Business Development, Charlie Chu. "The opportunity to bring our library of fun, accessible, and idiosyncratic comics and graphic novels to life from page to cardboard is irresistible."
Oni Games will focus on more partnerships like this, working with established talent to bring their creator owned characters and worlds to life. Oni is home to imaginative series like Invader Zim, Rick And Morty, Space Battle Lunchtime, Kim Reaper, The Damned, KaijuMax, Heartthrob, and more. This bodes well that you might see your favorite series hit the tabletop sooner than later.
To achieve this Oni is bringing in Steve Ellis, who has worked in the game industry for more than 20 years as part of his own company Rainy Day Games and other games like Dicey Goblins and Trains.
"I am excited to be joining the talented team at Oni Press as they embark upon a new initiative within the realm of games," said Steve Ellis. "I look forward to working with many talented game designers and developers to bring some of the amazing Oni Press properties to life in new interactive ways."
"We're so thrilled to have a multifaceted talent like Steve working with Charlie to breathe life into this new category for our business," concluded Oni Press Publisher James Lucas Jones. "We're fired up for Gen Con and can't wait to meet with game industry friends new and old at the show to discuss what all we have cooking as part of Oni Games."
No word on when fans can expect the first project from the new brand, but Gen Con is just around teh corner, so maybe fans will hear something there.
You can read the rest of the release below.
Oni Press, the acclaimed Portland-based comics publisher, announces the launch of Oni Games, a new gaming imprint dedicated to bringing Oni Press titles to the growing tabletop market.
With the response to Renegade Game Studios' Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley and designed by Keith Baker (Gloom, Illimat), the positive critical and fan response to the recently launched Dead of Winter comic series based on Plaid Hat Games' hit board game, as well as our previous collaboration with Pinnacle Entertainment Group in bringing Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's The Sixth Gun to the Savage Worlds role-playing system, Oni Press felt it was time to capitalize on the momentum for a more official entry into the world of gaming.0comments