Dark Horse Comics has opened a new gaming and digital division and is already speaking with AAA developers to potentially collaborate on games based on its biggest titles.
As reported by VentureBeat, Dark Horse has opened a new Dark Horse Games division out of Oregon and Shanghai with the intent of bringing its books — which includes properties like Hellboy, Sin City, 300, Umbrella Academy, and more — to games.
According to Dark Horse Games general manager Johnny Lee, the plan currently is to work with top developers on games based on Dark Horse’s most famous books, presumably titles like Hellboy.
All the while, Dark Horse will build an internal studio to create games based on either newer books and properties or older books that are less well-known.
“We have evergreen properties, like Hellboy, where there will always be interest in making games and doing collaborations,” says Lee. “We and our partners can really evaluate if a story IP and character universe would be a good fit for games that they’re internally designing and developing.”
Lee says Dark Horse is already in “late-stage discussions” with several AAA game developers and says if deals go well fans will start seeing its characters in major video games “no later than the end of Q1 next year.”
Dark Horse has found great success in letting creatives take their books for a spin. Titles like Hellboy and 300 have been adapted into some great movies directed by filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro and Zack Snyder, respectively. While other titles like Umbrella Academy have been successfully adapted for Netflix.
It might not be long before we start seeing a similar occurrence in the video game industry.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.