With games like The Agency and Kung Fu Hustle in the works, Sony Online Entertainment is expanding its portfolio of massively multiplayer online role-playing games beyond the fantasy staples of EverQuest and EverQuest II. Today the publisher provided the latest evidence of this, announcing a partnership with Virgin Comics to create an MMO game based on that label's futuristic reinterpretation of Indian mythology, Ramayan 3392 A.D.
SOE will work with the creative team behind the comic as part of an exclusive multiyear worldwide licensing agreement. In a statement, Virgin Comics cofounder and CEO Sharad Devarajan explained that the game's cultural roots will help bring a fresh perspective to the genre. "In a world increasingly dominated with games influenced by a western Tolkien mythos, Ramayan will offer gamers a chance to experience a whole new universe of characters and archetypes derived from one of the oldest cultures on Earth," Devarajan said in a statement.
No release date was given for the game.