Joe Madureira’s indie comic “Battle Chasers” is back and now in video game form. Madureira’s independent game studio Airship Syndicate, which was also co-founded with his former Vigil partner Ryan Stefenalli and his brother Steve, will publish and develop the game, now christened as “Battle Chasers: Nightwar.” The studio stated that the game would be coming to Kickstarter next week, with updates and rewards to be announced shortly.
Judging from what can be seen in the game’s website, it seems like “Battle Chasers: Nightwar” will play like a classic turn-based roleplaying game (RPG). Players will be able to explore trap-filled dungeons and explore the world while partaking in an epic quest. Madureira will be designing the characters and enemies, which should make the game visually appealing.
Fans of the original “Battle Chasers” comics know that the series ended with a cliffhanger on the ninth issue, which was never followed up on. According to Comic Book, this was due to the artist transitioning from the comic book industry to the video game industry. Madureira joined Vigil, a sister company of THQ, and helped develop the popular “Darksiders” series.
However, after THQ went bankrupt, Vigil had to close down, and Madureira returned to Marvel Comics for a short stint. The artist worked with “Robot Chicken” writer Zeb Wells for the first story arc of “Avenging Spider-Man” and the second storyline of “Savage Wolverine.” The artist also worked with Charles Soule for the first three issues of “Inhuman” before deciding to return to the realm of video games with Airship Syndicate.
Despite not having any new issues in years, “Battle Chasers” has continued to be incredibly popular with fans, almost eclipsing with his work on “Uncanny X-Men.” Now the artist will finally finish what he started when “Battle Chasers: Nightwar” comes out.
With the game coming to Kickstarter, fans can help support the title while also getting rewarded for their donations. So far, no platform has been named for the RPG, although a PC release looks likely. Madureira also claimed that new “Battle Chaser” comics would be on their way, though there is a good chance they will not be out for a while.