Sunday, March 08, 2015

Character Concept for The World of Cassyno

It turns out the character tease from Joe the other day is not related to Battle Chasers at all. Here's his comments.
This is a character I created for The World of Cassyno by Bengal. She's a Joker/Harlequin/Fool/Assassin. This card set and accompanying art book features some incredible artwork. If you haven't yet, check it out!!


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Joe Madureira Teases More Artwork for Battle Chasers Revival

The Battle Chaser's love is growing fast from fans eager to get more details on the forthcoming game and comic book. Last night Joe posted a couple more character sketches featuring Gully and an unknown new character. Keep the artwork following Joe!

Guess who? #BattleChasers #Reborn

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Hmm... #comingsoon #sneakpeek #HotChicksCreepyMasks

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Battle Chasers Returns via Video Game and Comic Relaunch

Joe Madureira fans have been dreaming for this day to come for the past 14 years... Battle Chasers is returning! Fans have pestered Joe to return to his creation for many years now and we've only seen bits and pieces here and there of our favourite characters (Battle Chasers Anthology, Comic Con Sketches of Monika, Gully, Knolan, Callibretto...).


Joe has always said he wanted to come back to the series, but only when the time was right. It's a sigh of relief that he kept the promise because now is the time! Not only is he returning to the comic, but it's becoming a game by Airship Syndicate (made up of Ex-Vigil Games members) and possibly an animated series.


Here's the interview from Polygon.com

Battle Chasers returning as a game and comic book

Fourteen years after putting the ninth issue of comic book Battle Chasers to bed, Joe Madureira is pulling it out of retirement. And he's bringing it back as both a comic and a game.

In the late '90s, Madureira created the hardcore favorite comic series, known for its distinctive art and inconsistent schedule. As the years went on, the series faded away and Madureira shifted to a career in games, co-founding developer Vigil and overseeing the Darksiders action series.

Now Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli are digging into Madureira's past for their new company, Airship Syndicate.

Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli say they aren't ready to describe the Battle Chasers game in detail yet, but that it will be a role-playing game, players will get to control classic Battle Chasers characters including Garrison, Gully and Calibretto and the game will feature a sense of adventure similar to the Darksiders games.

[Update: In the original version of this story, we reported Airship saying it was targeting PC and tablets. Shortly after we posted this story, Airship contacted Polygon to say that it is targeting PC and consoles, and “considering" a tablet version.]

"Even though the game mechanically is going to be very different from Darksiders, I think we're still really going to be doing everything we can to make sure that the dungeon exploration side of the game is soaked with lots of fun adventurous elements," says Stefanelli.

Stefanelli adds that he hopes to keep the development team small, between 10 and 15 people, to make a game that is "kind of classic and old school but presented with some new modern twists."

For the comic, Madureira doesn't have a publisher or a release date to announce, and says part of the appeal for him at this point is seeing the franchise evolve as his tastes have evolved. "I partially just want to update it," he says. "I think it's going to get a visual overhaul too. My art style and storytelling style, everything's sort of changed and evolved over the years."

Madureira says he's thinking of the new comic run in three-issue arcs. The first of those will wrap up the story he left dangling in 2001 — "so people can finally stop asking," he jokes — and tie into the game. After that, he says he'd like to do further three-issue arcs but he's waiting to see how everything shakes out before committing to more.

At the moment, Airship is looking for funding for the game, and hasn't decided whether that will be from an investor, a publisher or Kickstarter. "We're going to sort of let fate decide for us exactly how we should best pay for the game," says Stefanelli.

And while Madureira and Stefanelli say they expect the game will occupy the majority of their time, they are also interested in making Battle Chasers into a franchise with other branches, should the right opportunities come along.

"I've always wanted to do an animated series, possibly, so there's a couple of different options that we're pursuing for bringing the franchise back in a big way," says Madureira.

Airship Syndicate hasn't announced a release timeframe yet for the comic or game, given that both are still in early stages.

Airship Syndicate Early Teaser Revealed

The speculation was right!

A storm has arrived... prepare for Battle!
 

See the *official* reveal tomorrow on Polygon.com at 9AM CST!

For now, see the warrior who has returned for his legendary blade.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Airship Syndicate Game Announcement Expected Soon

There could be some very exciting news coming in the next few days about what the first game title will be from Airship Syndicate. Joe has posted this teaser image on twitter and has said he's dying to tell his fans. The image looks like Garrison's sword from Battle Chasers and Joe's current twitter profile picture is of Garrison... sounds too good to be true! The sword could also be the Chaos eater from Darksiders.... the image has a dark vibe about it.

Silhouette of a sword in a mountain


Garrison from Battle Chasers


Here are a few images of Garrison's sword from the Battle Chasers graphic novel. As you can see from a page in issue 5 the cross guard of the sword can change shape and it looks very similar to the sword in the Airship Syndicate teaser image.





I'll keep you posted on any news that is revealed!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Battle Chaser's homage: Duelyst Caliber-O

A kickstarter game, Duelyst, paid tribute to Joe Madureira's Battle Chasers by including a character model very similar to Calibretto! Thought it was a pretty cool thing to share.

This week we're very excited to pay homage to one of our favorite artists by developing a special in-game battle unit called Caliber-O, a distant relative to the original battle unit (err, chaser).

This artist has impacted our team so much in the last two decades as we recall trudging through rain and snow every week to the local comic book store to pick up our latest precious issues.


Character Concept Art: Caliber-O



Don't get mad if you can't figure out the artist we're paying homage to :P

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Castlevania Fan Art

Joe Madureira has continued on his fan art kick by drawing up this piece of Simon Belmont from Castlevania! He's hoping to reveal what he's working on shortly...stay tooned.



Suikoden 2 Fan Art

Joe Madureira has been a little nostalgic in the last month posting fan art of some of his favourite games/characters. Here's a fantastic piece from Suikoden 2!