Just days after news broke that the Image Comics series Wayward has been optioned for television, IDW Games has announced the contemporary fantasy will become a board game. Writer Jim Zub and illustrator Steven Cummings will work the project with Jon Gilmour, co-designer of Dead of Winter and Outpost: Siberia.
Debuting in 2014, Wayward is set in modern Tokyo and focuses on teenagers imbued with supernatural powers to defend the world from Yokai, Japanese mythological creatures and spirits. The fully cooperative board game will permit players to assume the roles of the comic's heroes, who are working together to defeat villains controlled by the game itself. Wayward joins IDW Games' roster of tabletop adaptations such as The X-Files, Back to the Future, and the upcoming Planet of the Apes and Atari series of games.
"Wayward is a passion project for Steven and I, and games are near and dear to our hearts," Zub said in a statement, "so getting the chance to bring both of those wonderful elements together with Jon and the rest of the IDW Games crew is an absolute thrill."
No release date was given for the game. Wayward, Vol. 3: Out From the Shadows is in stores now; Wayward #21 is scheduled for release on June 28. The second Wayward deluxe hardcover is scheduled for July 5.