Earlier this year, Airship Syndicate announced plans to produce more issues of co-founder Joe Madureira‘s “Battle Chasers” comic, and adapt the characters and storylines into a video game. Details were scarce at the time of the announcement, but in a new interview with Polygon, Madureira and his partners have revealed more information about the game, along with their plans to fund it via Kickstarter.
The interview only mentions the comic in passing, assuring fans that yes, its return is in the works, focusing more on the game, including a variety of screenshots, concept art and the promise that fans will love it. Modeled after classic Japanese Role Playing Games — JRPGs — “Nightwar” will feature artwork that looks as though it was taken straight from Madureira’s comic.
Airship Syndicate’s Kickstarter campaign for “Battle Chasers: Nightwar” will kick off later in September.
The original “Battle Chasers” series published nine issues between 1998 and 2001, primarily through Image Comics. The fantasy series marked Madureira’s first creator-owned work following a blockbuster stint as the artist on “Uncanny X-Men” at Marvel Comics. The series experienced numerous lengthy delays and ended on a still unresolved cliffhanger in 2001’s “Battle Chasers” #9.
“I partially just want to update it,” Madureira said of his “Battle Chasers” comic work in February. “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.”
While both the comic and game are in the early stages of development, Madureira revealed that he’s tempted to take his creation into other mediums as well. “I’ve always wanted to do an animated series, possibly,” he said, “so there’s a couple of different options that we’re pursuing for bringing the franchise back in a big way.”
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