Lodoss Online Game's Global Rights Licensed by GameOn
posted on by Egan Loo
The Japanese online game company GameOn announced on Monday that it acquired the global license to make an online game for computers and mobile phones based on the Record of Lodoss War fantasy franchise from Kadokawa Production and Slowcurve. Ryo Mizuno, the novelist and co-creator of the franchise, will serve as a supervisor on the development of the online game.
GameOn's development and distribution license is worldwide, and the company intends to run the game not only in Japan, but throughout the world. The company has not yet determined its development schedule, the specific regions in which the game will be supported besides Japan, or the launch date for the game's paid service.
Record of Lodoss War began as a series of magazine articles that recounted the pencil-and-paper role-playing game sessions of players who called themselves Group SNE. Those adventures evolved into a series of novels that now have 10 million copies in print. The novels in turn inspired manga, two original video anime projects, a television anime series, and two animated film projects. Media Blasters confirmed last February that it licensed the 1990 Record of Lodoss War video anime series and the 1998 Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight television anime sequel; both were previously licensed by Central Park Media.
GameOn also licensed the rights to make browser games based on the Legend of Galactic Heroes novels and Dennō Coil anime, although neither have had launch dates announced. Unlike those projects, the planned Record of Lodoss War game will not be browser-based.
Image © 1990 Group SNE/Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd/Marubeni Corporation/Tokyo Broadcasting System
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