Roubaix, France– 1st October 2010– Since the online video game DOFUS continues to seduce an ever-expanding community of players, and the animated series has been a great success on France Télévisions (currently broadcast exclusively on the group’s channels France 3 and France 4), Ankama has decided to bring both these productions to the big screen.
Since its creation in 2001, Ankama has continued to develop the mythology of its own universe. Original, colourful, rich and full of fantasy, it currently reaches from the ages of the Dofus to the Wakfu era and is still growing towards a third era, which, for the moment, is still top secret. Each of these projects works towards filling in, and filling out, the timeline. It’s this fascinating universe, which unites a community of 35 million fans, that Ankama would like to adapt for the cinema.
The first feature length animation put in production, DOFUS Book 1: Joris Jurgen, will be the one based on the era of the DOFUS game, which is set 1,000 years before the Wakfu series takes place. Its cinema release will be accompanied by an animated series entitled,“ DOFUS, the series” and will consist of 26 episodes, each lasting 26 minutes which will be produced with France Télévisions.
Following this, the Wakfu film will get its turn to take over movie theaters. The events will be set after the first two seasons, currently produced with France Télévisions.
Ankama, with its vision of innovative entertainment, will, over the coming years, provide you with a real saga, a journey into the heart of a fantastic world.
About ANKAMA Group
Founded by Anthony Roux, Camille Chafer and Emmanuel Darras in Roubaix in 2001, ANKAMA is an independent group which produces digital creations and employs over 430 people. The international success of the group’s MMORPG DOFUS, with more than 35 million players, enabled ANKAMA to branch out into several related industries: online games, publishing, animations, web design, press, mobile phone services, video games for next gen’ consoles. ANKAMA is also developing Wakfu, a transmedia project composed of animated cartoon, video game, card game and comic book. For more information, visit our official website: www.ankama-group.com
Treading a lush path between video game and animated cartoon, DOFUS brings a whole new dimension to online Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games. With its manga-inspired graphics, gripping tactical game play and wild humour, DOFUS has created a unique style of its own for other MMORPGs to follow and currently boasts 35 million players worldwide. For more information, visit the official website: www.dofus.com
Wakfu is a transmedia project, appearing as an animated series/an online and console video game/a card game and comics. The Wakfu era is set 1000 years after the DOFUS era. The series (1 million viewers) and the online videogames allow the“viewer” to experience the evolution of the world created by Ankama. Following in the footsteps of its big brother, DOFUS, Wakfu transports its players to a world in which magic and humour are omnipresent. For more information, visit the official website for the Wakfu MMORPG ( www.wakfu.com) and for the televised series ( http://serie.wakfu.com).
Florence Di Ruocco