FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK - Oct. 8, 2010 - Vogster Entertainment is partnering with Archaia Entertainment to publish BLEEDOUT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, which includes the story-telling and artwork of a dozen of the comic industry's most celebrated artists. In addition to a full length Graphic Novel, the art will be used to propel the interactive storyline of the first major brand expansion for Vogster's massively multiplayer online shooter CrimeCraft, launching this fall.
BLEEDOUT explores the complex, yet frighteningly possible, series of events that throw the world into violent chaos. It is a new Age of Ruin, caused by mankind's own greed, a new Wild Society run by criminals and outlaws, that players can explore and profit through exciting combat and conspiratorial adventure.
This all-new campaign features original artwork from comic industry all-stars, such as Tim Bradstreet, Ben Templesmith, Nathan Fox, Zach Howard, Sanford Greene, David Williams, Gary Erskine, Howard Chaykin, Glenn Fabry, Vince Proce, and Trevor Hairsine. Each artist will bring his unique graphic style and story-telling skills to a different chapter of the intricate backstory behind the campaign.
"We wanted this campaign expansion to provide an exciting gameplay experience with high-caliber style. Partnering with some of the hottest comic artists in the industry ensures that we do,” says Mike Kennedy, lead writer and Senior Producer at Vogster Entertainment. “Not only will their artwork give the campaign a cool, pulpy, graphic style, but it will make a gorgeous hard cover graphic novel and art book companion afterwards that only Archaia can bring to the table. Once fans get a glimpse of what we are working on, they’ll be as excited as we are for this release."
Archaia Black Label and Vogster Entertainment will release the original graphic novel collection and artbook in early 2011 that expands on the stories chronicled in the BLEEDOUT campaign. The collection will give fans deeper insight into the misterious events leading to the catastrophic BLEEDOUT scenario, with a wealth of additional, previously-unreleased story material and artwork.
“When Vogster pitched the concept of BLEEDOUT, we were immediately attracted to the project because of how eerily similar the storylines blended with current events and the fact that the concept alone was extremely thought provoking,” commented Stephen Christy, Archaia’s Editor-in-Chief.“Then to find out who the creative attachments were just sealed the deal for us.”
CrimeCraft blends the action-packed combat of online shooters with the community and role-playing elements of today’s hottest massively multiplayer games. Previous updates have added player controlled nightclubs, new maps, new gameplay modes, new weapons, new skills, prize tournaments (daily, weekly, and monthly) and a host of additional gameplay improvements. The BLEEDOUT campaign will continue to advance the brand's unique style and setting.
About Vogster Entertainment
Established in September 2005, Vogster Entertainment, LLC, is a venture-funded, independent entertainment company that delivers high quality, inspiring and creative content for all major gaming platforms, leveraging opportunities that tie into refreshing themes and brands relevant to gamers. The international company is headquartered in the New York City metropolitan area with a Development studio in Eastern Europe, where it employs a host of talented industry professionals with multiple awards and top-selling games to their collective credit. Vogster is the developer and publisher of the online shooter CrimeCraft, the comic-book inspired arcade brawler Unbound Saga and the acclaimed cartoon-strategy series Robocalypse.
About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, Bleedout, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, Johnny Recon, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Labyrinth, The Lone and Level Sands, Lucid, Miranda Mercury, Moon Lake, Mouse Guard, Mr. Murder Is Dead, Okko, One in a Million, Primordia, Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, A Tale of Sand, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, and Tumor.