Video games and comics: two industries at a crossroads

Brice N’Guessan, Editorial Director of Jeux Vidéo Magazine speaks today about thecomic book, comic book and manga adaptations into video games.

franceinfo: Are videogames, but also comics, two industries that are doing very well?

Brice N’Guessan: In fact, in 2020 video games in France experienced a growth of 11% for a turnover of 5.3 billion euros. A record figure also for comics, whose market has been growing steadily for five years. So that is 9% more comics sold in 2020, with a turnover of around 600 million euros. We had already noticed, comics and video games have accompanied the French during the confinements.

Two industries that are at a crossroads, as the French publisher Microids has decided to adapt iconic comics to video games …

Video games and comics are a long love story since we already had adaptations in the early 80’s like Asterix, but it is true that many licenses have been inactive in recent years.

Microids intend to wake them up, and it starts at the end of the year with Asterix & Obelix who are returning in an action game where you can slap the Roman at your whim, as the game is called Asterix & Obelix, Slap them all, they are! warned about the program! A title that will land on November 25 on consoles and PC.

Microids also brought to the fore two other cult licenses, The Smurfs and Marsupilami.

Yes. The Smurfs are back in a 3D adventure game that combines platforming, action and exploration. Your goal: save the forest polluted by Malfeuille with your Vaporisaschtroumpfs. A title intended for the youngest 6 to 12 years old that offers the particularity of being playable for two, the second player being able to play an adult who can help the child to progress.

We continue with the famous Marsupilami, known to Spirou followers since the 50s, and here you have the right to an old-fashioned adventure. Understand by this that the game is in 2D like the video games of yesteryear. And like many games of yesteryear, this is a platform game. Reflexes and skill will be essential to control one of the three Marsupilamis who will have to defeat an evil spirit.

This story between video games and comics is not over since fans can expect something new?

Yes, Microids has already signed the adaptation rights to three new Asterix & Obelix, but there is another license that should make many comic book fans salivate. A comic that has sold 250 million copies worldwide. The heroes ? A reporter and a dog, it is obviously about Tintin and Snowy who will return in an action / adventure game. There is no date at the moment but we can’t wait.

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