Microids has signed a major publishing deal with IMPS, the world license holder for The Smurfs which has greenlit the development of four new video game adaptations based on the minuscule blue-skinned creatures.
Each game will “explore different genres and will gradually launch over the next five years,” and will not include the upcoming 3D adventure-platformer The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf from developer Osome Studio which will release at the end of this year.
“We’re thrilled over this ambitious deal with IMPS, as it extends even more our lasting and very promising partnership,” enthuses Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard. “Working on such a rich franchise that speaks to all generations allows us to create a wide variety of different games: there will be something to suit all tastes! Besides, thanks to this partnership and the Smurf’s incredible international notoriety, Microids continues to significantly reinforce and diversify its catalogue of renowned IPs.”
IMPS founding president Véronique Culliford adds: “It’s a great pleasure to collaborate with Microids, we fully trust them in coming up with iconic, creative, gorgeous games with our little Smurfs. I’m sure both kids and adults alike will be delighted. Additionally, with the new Smurfs TV series that will be broadcast worldwide in 2021, the notoriety of the Smurfs will grow even more! I am really proud to consolidate our bond with another company from the Media Participations group.”