Graphic novels based on popular videogames are like buses: you wait and while and then two turn up at once. Today brings us the news that both Dark Souls II and The Witcher are getting the comic treatment, thanks to collaborations with veteran artists and, in CD Projekt RED's case, Dark Horse Comics.
First up: Namco Bandai have announced Dark Souls 2: Into the Light, an official graphic novel tie-in with the anticipated action-RPG. Writers Rob Williams (Judge Dredd, Star Wars Tales) and Andi Ewington (45) will work with Simon Coleby (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper) on the project, which will be released online for free next January. [via Polygon]
Meanwhile, not to be outdone, CD Projekt RED and Dark Horse Comics are planning on releasing a series of novels, which chronicle a new adventure for Geralt Of Rivia. Here's the pitch: travelling near the edge of the Black Forest, in the land of the Angren, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed man whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass. With its endless rooms and horror around every corner, Geralt will have to use all his witcher prowess to solve the manor’s mystery and survive.
"We're very happy to be working with Dark Horse Comics, which is one of the biggest and most interesting comic book publishing houses in the world. What makes it even more exciting is the fact that, for many of us, the Dark Horse logo has near legendary status, standing for classic characters such as Hellboy or Usagi Yojimbo. We're very happy to be once again expanding The Witcher universe," said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD Projekt RED in what can only be described as boilerplate back-patting.
"We're very excited to work with CD Projekt RED on The Witcher," practically echoed Dark Horse director Nick McWhorter. "With the rich world they have created, and an enthralling central character like Geralt, we feel The Witcher is ripe to tell a compelling story through comics." The first chapter releases on March 19th.