IDW Gets Into Games

It looks like comic book publishers getting into the gaming business is the next big thing. Over the weekend, IDW Publishing announced a new partnership with Pandasaurus Games and launching a new division, IDW Games. Pandasaurus Games is an award winning game publisher out of Austin, TX and best known for their games Tammany Hall, Yedo Firenze, Great Fire of London, and Lost Valley.

The plan is to build games based on the numerous comic books IDW publishes. The focus is to release high-quality big-box games developed around several of IDW’s key properties, beginning in the late spring of 2014 with Kill Shakespeare and 30 Days of Night. Readers and gamers alike will now be given the chance to battle the Bard or the vampires of Barrow, Alaska in these tabletop games developed by the same game designers that brought us the critically acclaimed fan-favorite, Yedo.

Its been hinted this is just the beginning and to expect more announcements in the coming months that “should have the gaming community buzzing.”

IDW is the second company in recent months to announce an expansion into the gaming market. Dynamite recently announced they’d be expanding their properties into toys and games. Game manufacturer Cryptozoic has done the opposite and expanded into the comic realm with a few releases. They also publish games based on the comic book and television series The Walking Dead published by Image Comics’ imprint Skybound and comic Locke & Key which is published by IDW.

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