by Turner Minton |
It’s been a little more than 13 years since the ninth and final issue of Battle Chasers was released. The arcanepunk series from Joe Madureira suffered from scheduling problems, with each issue taking sometimes as long as six months before hitting shelves. Madureira later went on to pursue a career in videogame development and co-founded Vigil, the company known for the action role-playing series Darksiders. Now the word is that Madureira and his partner Ryan Stefanelli will resurrect the fan-favorite series with their new company Airship Syndicate as a videogame alongside the first comic book since the series’ 2001 departure.
Although details on the game are being kept locked tight at the moment, it has been reported that the game will be a role-playing actioner with the decision to choose between classic Battle Chasers characters including Garrison, Gully and Calibretto. The game will target PC and console users with a tablet version also being heavily considered. When comparing the upcoming title to their Darksiders series, Stefanelli had the following to say:
“Even though the game mechanically is going to be very different from Darksiders, I think we’re still really going to be doing everything we can to make sure that the dungeon exploration side of the game is soaked with lots of fun adventurous elements.”
As far as the comic, the partners haven’t decided on a publisher or release date yet. Madureira did note, however, that his tastes have changed since the last issue, which should mean a whole new look and feel for the series. “I partially just want to update it. I think it’s going to get a visual overhaul too. My art style and storytelling style, everything’s sort of changed and evolved over the years.”
The story has been planned to occur in three-issue arcs. The first arc will wrap up the cliffhanger from the last issue while tying into the storyline of the game. After that, the next two arcs are totally left to the creators’ imaginations.
Airship is currently seeking funding for the game, with the company considering a possible Kickstarter campaign to raise the money and fan awareness. As for when we can expect to see more from the franchise, a timeframe is still a while away.
via Paste Magazine