In a major move for both involved parties and potentially for fans of the works of author Robert E. Howard, a new Funcom business partnership sees the formation of a new company that has licensing rights to a total of 29 individual IPs including Conan the Barbarian, Mutant Chronicles, and Solomon Kane among others.
Funcom and Cabinet Group LLC are joining forces to create Heroic Signatures, a new company that will hold and manage the rights to a long list of intellectual properties from the author as well as from the original pen-and-paper and board games. In addition to Conan and Solomon Kane, the deal locks down rights to IPs such as Dark Agnes, Kull of Atlantis, and Mutant: Year Zero.
According to the announcement, the deal is specifically for interactive rights to the IPs in question, which outright states a focus on video games and video gaming platforms. “Our ambition is to see a multitude of games grow from these worlds and to see the properties strengthened across the board to the benefit of everyone who works with them,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais.
The announcement also stated Funcom’s intention to work on “select publishing partnerships with developers” with a focus on developers who focus on quality of projects over quantity of projects. The first of these third-party projects that Funcom will handle publishing for is due to be announced sometime next year.
For Funcom, this could mean that the games developed based on these IPs could bring lots of revenue. Of course, that ultimately is up to what sorts of titles come out of the developers that are being selectively chosen. In any case, we’re definitely ready for a new game based on Solomon Kane.
Source: press release