French publisher Microids and IMPS, the Smurfs world license holder, have announced a major publishing deal regarding the development of four new Smurfs video game adaptations. These games will explore different genres and will gradually launch over the next five years.
“We’re thrilled over this ambitious deal with IMPS, as it extends even more our lasting and very promising partnership.” says Stéphane Longeard, Microids’ CEO. “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 catalog of renowned IPs.”
“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.” adds Véronique Culliford, Peyo’s daughter and IMPS’ founding president. “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.”
In addition to these four upcoming games, the Smurfs will also be a part of Microids’ 2021 line-up, as the new Smurfs game that was announced last May will launch at the end of the year. Entitled The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf and developed by Osome Studio, the game will launch simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One consoles, and Nintendo Switch. In this new 3D adventure-platformer, the Smurfs will once again have to thwart evil Gargamel’s schemes to save their village… and the whole forest!
Stay tuned: Microids will soon unveil more information about The Smurfs – Mission Vileaf.