Asmodee Entertainment’s newly launched fiction imprint, Aconyte, has secured a multi-year agreement with Marvel Entertainment to create stories based around a cast of Marvel’s comic book characters.
The first novels are slated to appear in Fall 2020, in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook editions.
This marks the Asmodee Group’s third collaboration with Marvel. Earlier this summer, Asmodee’s Fantasy Flight Games announced the Marvel Champions living card game, while another Asmodee studio, Atomic Mass, is now developing a tabletop miniatures game based on some of Marvel’s key properties, to be called Marvel: Crisis Protocol.
Aconyte publisher Marc Gascoigne, said: “The Marvel comic book universe has featured a host of great characters and storylines crying out to be told over the years, and now is their time to step into the spotlight. You can look out for legends from Asgard, several volumes focusing on some of Marvel’s heroines, and stories of some of Professor Xavier’s lesser-known students, and that’s just to get us started.”
Andy Jones, head of Asmodee Entertainment, added: “The opportunity for Asmodee to work with Marvel not only on Great Games but also Amazing Stories, as our slogan has it, really is a dream come true. The talented team at Aconyte is so excited to have this wonderful opportunity and will do a great job – the biggest challenge when gifted with the Marvel Universe is just where to start?”
As part of its ambitious mission to set up exciting new content platforms for both wholly owned and top flight third-party properties, Asmodee Entertainment has already announced Aconyte’s plans to produce novels set in the worlds of some of Asmodee’s most popular games.
The imprint’s mission is to go beyond tie-in fiction and novelisations, to produce vibrant stories with richly imagined characters in living, deeply realised settings. The list will debut in 2020, with North American sales and distribution to be handled by Simon & Schuster.