With a legacy in bringing some of Japan's best-loved manga franchises to the west, it's no surprise that Viz Media is eyeing the video games market with their new partnership with Rose City Games.
Having previously offered PR services to existing gaming firms, Rose City Games is now adding its name to the burgeoning indie game scene with its first original game The World Next Door, which will feature character designs by illustrator Lord Gris.
Viz Media will leverage its experience as publisher of popular gaming adaptations including the likes of Pokemon, Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda, Homestuck and Monster Hunter and deepen its connection to the gaming world by publishing the new game.
“It’s no secret that anime and manga fans love video games,” said Brad Woods, chief marketing officer, VIZ Media. ”We’re excited to be able to bring an entirely new offering to our audience. VIZ Media has always been fan-first, and the team at Rose City is the perfect fit for developing games that our audience will love.”
The supernatural action/adventure game centres around Jun, a rebellious teen girl trapped in a parallel world inhabited by magical creatures. Inspired by the emotional storytelling and thrilling action of both anime and indie games, players can expect to meet and develop friendships with an eclectic cast of characters while uncovering the mysteries hidden within this world.
“We’re very excited to collaborate with VIZ Media and the amazing creators in our indie game communities,” added Will Lewis and Corey Warning, co-directors and co-founders of Rose City Games. “The ability to pursue multiple original titles as independent developers is huge for us, and this partnership presents the potential to expand the worlds we’re creating beyond games.”