Joe Madureira, best known for his work on the Uncanny X-Men and Battle Chasers comics, but also the creator of the Darksiders games, is reviving his fan-favorite comic book Battle Chasers some 15 years since the last issue was published.
Madureira is collaborating with Ryan Stefanelli, with whom he co-founded the now-defunct Vigil Studios, at new studio Airship Syndicate. Vigil was a victim of the demise of publisher THQ, which fell into bankruptcy back in 2013 and saw the rights to its IPs scattered to the winds. The rights to the Darksiders franchise now reside with Austrian developer Nordic Games, who is publishing remastered versions of the first two games on Xbox One and PS4 later this year.
Little is known right now about exactly what form the Battle Chasers game will take, though Madureira has stated he intends for it to be an RPG with action and exploration elements similar to his on Darksiders. One key difference from Darksiders is that multiple characters will be playable, with Garrison, Gully and Calibretto mentioned as protagonists. No mention of Red Monika or Knolan yet, though it seems a safe bet that if they’re not playable, they’ll crop up at some point throughout the game.
As far as funding development goes, that has yet to be decided. Crowdfunding via Kickstarter is a possibility, as is third-party investment or some kind of publisher deal. Stefanelli has said that he would like the development team to remain small in order to ensure that the making-of process remains manageable, but Airship Syndicate is considering all opportunities. Basically, it’s all early days right now.
And for those fans still waiting for issue 10 since the comic series came to an abrupt halt in 2001, you’re in luck – Joe Mad has said he plans to continue the Battle Chasers story in 3 brand new comic book arcs, though it remains to be seen whether these issues are dependent on successful financing of the game.