Following GAMA Expo, Japanime Games has unveiled some its upcoming releases that include new partnerships. The new titles that will be brought to retail include Middara from Succubus Publishing, Epic 7 Arise, and ZU Tiles.
” Japanime Games has been expanding and growing rapidly in several directions over the last few years. We started with publishing card games from Japan 10+ years ago, then bringing over board games,” say Sam Nolton, Japanime Games’ Marketing and Communications Manager. “In the last couple of years we started doing digital and role playing games as well. We now have big box minis games being added to our catalog, which means that we have a little of something for anyone that loves gaming and anime!”
Middara is quite literally the biggest game announced in the new partnerships, with an 80 hour campaign, 500 page long scenario book, and over 40 miniatures in the box. The game is set to hit retail and distribution in Fall 2022.
Epic Seven Arise: The Board Game is a tabletop JRPG based on the Epic Seven mobile game. The cooperative game allows for 1-4 players to team up and battle through monster encounters and story events from inspired by the mobile game.
Zu Tiles is a tile-laying game created by Zu Studios. It features anthropomorphized versions of the Japanese Zodiac. In Zu Tiles, players build a deck featuring astrological animals and compete to score victory points by building 4-tile squares.
“We’re often approached by independent creators looking for representation, or we’ll approach intriguing projects to offer our services in publishing their game to a wider audience – particularly when we feel they fit with our company values and the product lines we offer,” says Nolton. “Middara, Epic 7 Arise, and ZU Tiles are all applicable – Middara has a fantastic anime-esque art style to it which presents well, Epic 7 Arise is a licensed product that fits in with other big anime (or at least anime-inspired) licenses, and ZU Tiles fits with our passion for indie games – and has a great Japanese-influenced aesthetic to it, which happens to also suit an anime IP we’re licensing to accompany it.”