Path of Exile creators Grinding Gear Games have announced Wednesday that they will be partnering with Dynamite Entertainment, a renowned comic book?and graphic novel publisher, to turn their game into a comic series. Dynamite has worked on popular graphic novels such as A Game of Thrones, among many others. The companies have agreed to release a four-issue comic book series based on the acclaimed Action-RPG game. They say this is the first time Path of Exile has been utilized in a medium outside the game.
According to the post, the first issue of the comic series will reveal the backstory from an upcoming expansion of the game, and connecting it to the existing narrative of the game. The first issue is planned for release this summer.
Each issue will have 22 pages and will be available digitally along with a unique individual cover art. The entire comic series will ultimately be compiled as a fully-colored, printed graphic novel, and be published by 2015. Players who have purchased the issue will also be given exclusive in-game items such as armor cosmetic effects, among other surprises.
The comic series will be illustrated by comic artist Carlos Rodriguez who have worked with the likes of DC comics and Marvel. The storyline will be written by Royal McGraw, a professional writer who has also worked in top-tier companies such as DC comics, SyFy Channel, and Electronic Arts. Both of them will be working closely with Grinding Gear Games? Creative Director Erik Olofsson and Narrative Designer Edwin McRae.
Path of Exile is a free-to-play online Action-RPG game that was officially released October of last year. The game is supported by microtransactions that provide players certain leverages and enhancements. In the game, you take the role of one of seven character classes and kill monsters, finish quests, and defeat bosses to?go up the ranks as you explore the dark world of Wraeclast . It currently has 5.5 million registered users.
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