French publisher Microids has announced that it has signed a publishing deal with IMPS for a brand new video game based upon the classic IP The Smurfs.
The new game, a 3D action adventure title, is inspired by Peyo’s comic books and developed by OSome Studio. Featuring a brand new story, the game promises be as faithful as possible to the original material, while delivering tonnes of humor, thrills, friendship, suspense and action.
“Thanks to this trans-generational license and the talent of OSome Studio, a long time Microids partner studio which worked on several family games, we are confident in bringing together all gamers in the wonderful world of the Smurfs,” said Elliot Grassiano, Vice-president of Microids. “The worldwide success met by the Smurfs will also allow us to increase our brand awareness overseas and position Microids as a major player internationally.”
“I am very happy about this beautiful partnership,” added Véronique Culliford, president and founder of IMPS and daughter of Peyo. “Video games have always been my passion, because they combine playfulness and often learning.”
Created by Belgian comics artist Pierre Culliford (a.k.a. Peyo) in 1958, The Smurfs brand expanded into TV series, feature films, comic books and video games. The last console title, the movie tie-in The Smurfs 2, was released in 2013.