Game industry veteran American McGee has a team in Shanghai at his Spicy Horse Studios working on the free-to-play action role-playing game, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. The game mixes a foundation of Japanese folklore with an original mythology inspired by Red Riding Hood.
As part of the game’s Kickstarter program, McGee rewarded 25 gamers who pledged $2,500 an NVIDIA Tegra 3 tablet. McGee and his team have been working closely with NVIDIA to design this game.
“The development team has been having a lot of fun with Tegra 3,” said McGee. “Just in terms of the amount of graphical density that it can deliver, and also the effects that they can put on screen. It’s something that, in many ways now, is making these tablets feel as if they are the next generation of console.”
Akaneiro yields a fantastic and exciting setting for players to explore and perfectly sets the stage for the visual storytelling of comics. Written by Justin Aclin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and illustrated by Vasilis Lolos (Conan the Barbarian), the comics follow Kani, a young woman torn between two cultures, on an epic adventure hunting devious Yokai and pursuing a destiny far greater than even she can perceive as a member of the fabled Order of Akane.
Known for his bold artistic vision and high-concept reimaginations of well-known characters, American McGee builds on the success of American McGee’s Alice, its sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, and the episodic game American McGee’s Grimm. This reinterpretation of Red Riding Hood as a monster hunter in a mythological Japan is sure to excite fans and game critics alike.
“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,” said Spicy Horse Studio head American McGee. “Our previous collaborations with Dark Horse have produced stunning results, like the art book for Alice: Madness Returns. It’s a perfect marriage of art and execution.”
An original story expanding the universe of Akaneiro, featuring covers by the Spicy Horse artists creating the game, this three-issue comics series debuts on May 22.