Announced November 2017, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's publishing imprint Skybound Entertainment has partnered with South Korean mobile game developers Com2Us to expand the company's billion-dollar game franchise Summoners War from the small screens to the printed page and beyond. This announcement came just before the final matches were held at the Summoners War World Arena Championship held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, a free event showcasing 16 of the best players from around the world.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work closely with Skybound to expand the Summoners War franchise into new mediums," Com2us USA CEO Casey Lee told Heat Vision. "Our goal at Com2us has always been to allow our amazing community to interact with the Summoners War IP in engaging ways, and through this partnership we can’t wait for it to expand into comics, animation and more. In addition, Skybound's enthusiasm for our partnership has reaffirmed our decision to continue expanding into additional brand platforms in the future."
“Building universes and a supporting narrative in multiple platforms is the foundation upon which Skybound was built. The opportunity to partner with Com2us on Summoners War, a rich and magical fantasy story, was an excellent creative fit for us. We couldn’t be more excited to bring this property to life by expanding the franchise’s reach in North America, and beyond, in mediums including comics, animation and more," Catherine Winder, CEO of Skybound North, told Heat Vision.
“The Summoners War team has created an incredibly compelling and fantastical world ripe with engaging characters and storytelling opportunities," Kirkman, Winder and Dave Alpert (CEO and co-founder of Skybound) said in a joint statement. "We are excited and proud to partner with them to expand this rich universe, loved by so many from around the world for audiences across all cultures and ages, into multiple forms of content filled with the adventure and wonder of the game.”
Summoners War is a mobile turn-based strategy game that gives players control of a summoner who can bring forth over 1,000 different monsters to do battle. It first launched in June 2014 and has been downloaded over 80 million times worldwide. In the three and a half years since it was released, Summoners War has generated over one billion dollars in revenue.
Specific details about the upcoming projects have not been announced.