Locke & Key: The Game is headed your way in 2012 from Cryptozoic Entertainment
Move over Arkham Horror and Mansions of Madness, there's a new Mythos board game in town. IDW Publishing has formally announced their partnership with Cryptozoic Entertainment to bring a Locke & Key themed board game to store shelves.
Locke & Key: The Game will go toe-to-toe with a crowded market of Mythos-themed games early next year. Industry veterans Fantasy Flight and Steve Jackson already provide a steady diet of Lovecraftian horror games (one is more tongue-in-cheek than the other, I'll let you guess which), but the comic book license should be a big help for Cryptozoic in trying to generate some market separation here.
The game design heads at Cryptozoic are no strangers to comic book horror, either. One of their first games after diving into the board game market earlier this year was a The Walking Dead themed game.
Creator Gabriel Rodriguez announced the Locke & Key game via Twitter in late September, but it's existence was not publicized by IDW or Cryptozoic until now. While the game was nowhere to be found at New York Comic Con, the design is far enough along that Cryptozoic is already releasing box art and component lists. We'll be taking an early look at the game here at MTV Geek once production samples arrive at the Cryptozoic offices, so stay tuned for more info on this one.
San Diego, CA/Irvine, CA (October 19, 2011) – Cryptozoic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game, is pleased to announce that the company has partnered with IDW Publishing to create an exciting new card game based on the Locke & Key comic series by award-winning author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Launching in 2012, Locke & Key: The Game will bring players inside this haunted world.
“We’re very excited to be able to team up with IDW, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez on Locke & Key: The Game. With the growing popularity of the Locke & Key comic series, we felt it would a great franchise around which to build a fun and compelling card game,” said Cory Jones, President and Chief Creative Officer at Cryptozoic Entertainment. “Locke & Key: The Game will contain a more than 150 cards, including specially designed ‘key’ cards based on the various powerful keys in the series. Once acquired, these special ‘key’ cards will empower players to unlock new strategies towards possible victory.”
“Locke & Key is one of IDW’s most highly acclaimed series and it’s a great opportunity for us to be able to extend the Locke & Key universe in to gaming through this collaboration with Cryptozoic,” saidTed Adams, IDW Chief Executive Officer and Publisher. Created by acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Horns, Heart-Shaped Box) and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key tells the tale of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with magical keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all.
Locke & Key: The Game is designed for 3-6 players and includes 150 strength cards, 19 challenge cards, 15 key cards, one 3D stand-up initiative marker and a comprehensive rulebook. For more information on the 2012 release of Locke & Key: The Game, visit www.cryptozoic.com for more information.