Multimedia publisher and entertainment company Dark Horse Comics has revealed Dark Horse Games (â€œDHGâ€), its new gaming and digital division. With two main offices in Oregon and Shanghai, DHGâ€™s mission is to create unique experiences — both through close licensing partnerships with the industryâ€™s best game makers and its own in-house, first-party titles — inspired by Dark Horse Comicsâ€™ diverse portfolio of over 425 story-driven characters and universes. Over the companyâ€™s history, Dark Horse has published such world-renowned IPs as Hellboy, Frank Millerâ€™s Sin City and 300, Umbrella Academy, Polar, Lady Killer, Emily the Strange, Usagi Yojimbo, Resident Alien, and many more.
â€œWeâ€™ve spent the past thirty-five years developing a long list of original, fan-favorite IP with many of the best partners in digital entertainment. Now is the perfect time to expand our vision into gaming,â€ said Dark Horse Comics founder and President Mike Richardson. â€œDark Horse Games gives us exciting new ways to engage with fans of all kinds on a multitude of platforms.â€
Dark Horse Games is currently in discussions with some of the worldâ€™s top gaming studios to create AAA licensed titles based on Dark Horse Comicsâ€™ vast library to be released over the next several years across all platforms, including PC, consoles, mobile and cloud-based services. Meanwhile, DHGâ€™s first-party games will focus on refreshing older and less established IPs as gaming first IPs. DHG will also produce and release multimedia projects (e.g., webtoons and anime) in conjunction with the first-party games. DHG is in active discussions with the worldâ€™s top game co-development studios and content production studios, with the first of these in-house projects already in production.
â€œDark Horse Comics sits at the intersection of consumer entertainment, production and publishing. Weâ€™re one of the few companies that own IP nimble enough to execute coordinated strategies across multiple platforms, and thatâ€™s a huge advantage in gaming and digital,â€ said Dark Horse Games General Manager Johnny B. Lee.