IDW Publishing today announced a partnership with boardgame giant Pandasaurus Games, launching a new division, IDW Games.
“We’re well known for diversity at IDW, in the world of entertainment and comics,” said CEO & Publisher Ted Adams. “With all of the great properties we publish, it seemed natural that a lot of them would make fantastic games. We’ve found the perfect partner in Pandasaurus Games to help us make that happen.”
“We at Pandasaurus Games are thrilled to be working with the talented team at IDW to develop incredible games built on the amazing worlds of their comics. The wealth of creative talent that IDW has worked with is unmatched. More than that, their comic books create living breathing worlds that drip theme and beg readers to dive into headfirst. We can't wait to help bring these worlds to life for gamers everywhere. Pandasaurus and IDW are committed to working hand in hand with world class designers and artists to build original experiences from the ground up based on the living worlds created in the pages of IDW comics,” said Pandasaurus President/Founder Nathan McNair.
IDW Games will specialize in high-quality big-box games developed around several of IDW’s key properties, beginning in the late spring of 2014 with Kill Shakespeare and 30 Days of Night.
IDW also has a handful of licensed properties that more likely than not won't make it into the games division, although that might be something that becomes part of future development deals. Additional original properties with a home at IDW include titles like The Adventures of Augusta Wind, Locke & Key and Memorial. They also recently entered into an agreement with Madefire, who make high-end motion comics.
“We're incredibly excited to move into tabletop gaming and give fans a way to spend even more time with their favorite titles. This is a very strong pair of games to launch right out of the gate, and over the next few months we'll be making more major announcements that should have the gaming community buzzing,” said IDW New Business Development Director Jerry Bennington.