DARK HORSE COMICS & HAPPYGIANT ANNOUNCE USAGI YOJIMBO GAME

Award Winning Comic Brought To Life for Mobile, Tablets, Desktop
New York, NY, ­- HappyGiant, in
association with Dark Horse Comics, announce “Usagi Yojimbo: Way of The Ronin”, a game
now available for iPhones & iPads, and coming soon to Android devices and desktop
PC’s (www.usagiyojimbogame.com).
In conjunction with the release of the game, Dark
Horse Comics is announcing the first new Usagi
Yojimbo
collection after a year hiatus working on 47 Ronin. The first new book will be Usagi Yojimbo: A Town Called Hell, which will see release on July
17.
Usagi Yojimbo is the beloved character and world
created by award winning author and illustrator Stan Sakai, following the tales
of a ronin (masterless samurai), set in feudal Japan. This is the first
videogame based on the property in over 25 years and will introduce the epic
series to a new generation of fans.
“It’s been far too long since the last Usagi game,
and I am so excited to be working with HappyGiant to bring Usagi and his
friends back to these new platforms,” said Stan Sakai, “The game turned out
great!”
“Happy Giant is thrilled to be working with Stan
Sakai and Dark Horse to bring Usagi Yojimbo to the mobile and gaming worlds”,
said Michael Levine, CEO of HappyGiant. “This is one of the most treasured
properties in the comics world, and we are proud to be adapting it as a game
for fans, and for a new generation of fans who will discover it for the first
time. This is a real labor of love.”
The title is a “2D side-scrolling hack-and-slash
game”, done in the comic’s art style, and in the vein of the old Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles Arcade game, to which Usagi is often linked, as the characters
have appeared in each other’s comics and TV series over the years. The game
features over 60 different enemies, over 13 boss monsters and several of
Usagi’s friends who fight along his side as companions.
About
HappyGiant
Founded by veterans
of LucasArts and Pileated Pictures (Pileated.com), HappyGiant
develops and publishes games for mobile,
tablets and emerging platforms.
About
Dark Horse Comics
Founded
in1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example
of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium
and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is
known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for
writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as
Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day,
Guillermo Del Toro and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim
Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The
Mask
, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line
of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass
Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, Aliens, Conan, Emily the
Strange
, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity,
Game of Thrones and Domo.
Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the
US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both
creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

About
Usagi Yojimbo
Usagi Yojimbo is a comic book series created by Stan Sakai in 1987. In 2011 IGN ranked Miyamoto Usagi in the
top 100 comic books heroes of all time. Set primarily at the beginning of Edo period of Japan (early 17th century), with anthropomorphic animals replacing
humans, the series features a rabbit roninMiyamoto Usagi, whom Stan Sakai based partially
on the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Usagi wanders the land on
musha shugyo (warrior’s pilgrimage) occasionally selling his
services as a bodyguard. Usagi Yojimbo is
heavily influenced by Japanese cinema and has included references to the work
of Akira Kurosawa (the
title of the series is derived from Kurosawa’s 1960 film Yojimbo) and to icons of popular Japanese
cinema such as Lone Wolf and CubZatoichi, and Godzilla. The series is also influenced
somewhat by Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragonés (Sakai is the
letterer for that series), but the overall tone of Usagi Yojimbo is more
serious and reflective.

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