Dark Horse Publishing American McGee’s Akaneiro Comic


Despite being only about 30% of the way to its Kickstarter goal, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is getting a three-issue comic storyline.

Comic book publisher Dark Horse, known for the Hellboy series and seasons eight and nine of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among many others, announced that it is teaming up with Spicy Horse for a comic adaptation of Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. The “soon-to-be-released game” will get a three-issue arc “from the brilliant minds behind video game auteur American McGee’s Spicy Horse Studio.”

As you may remember, Spicy Horse kicked off a Kickstarter campaign for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters last week, with studio head American McGee pleading with fans for $200,000 to “finish what we started.” A few days ago, McGee clarified the Kickstarter, stating that Akaneiro was already complete and the crowd-funding campaign was just to add more features to the game, which is apparently launching this month either way.

In a press release from Dark Horse, McGee stated, “Though I hate being categorized as some sort of auteur, I’m thrilled to be working again with the rocket-scientist sex machines at Dark Horse… It’s a perfect marriage of art and execution.” The three-issue comic spin-off will be an original story “expanding the universe of Akaneiro,” though no other story details were provided.

It’s pretty strange to Kickstart a game that’s supposedly already done, and even weirder to announce a comic series for that game that’s set to launch months later, but Spicy Horse has never really been a conventional developer. The Akaneiro comic launches on May 22, but if you don’t want to wait that long, the game is now in open beta. And you can still donate to the Kickstarter campaign, which is currently at $59,615 of its $200,000 goal with 22 days to go.

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