Asmodee Entertainment has announced that Aconyte, the new fiction imprint of global games group Asmodee, has licensed its game-based book series for German translation and publication by Cross Cult. Starting in April 2021, the Ludwigsburg-based publisher will commence with a range of novels based on Asmodee tabletop games such as “Arkham Horror,” “Twilight Imperium,” “Pandemic” and “Legend of the Five Rings.”
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“I can think of no finer partner for the German publishing market than the enthusiastic and passionate team at Cross Cult,” says Marc Gascoigne, publisher, Aconyte. “I look forward to many years of collaborating to build a great publishing success!”
The deal was concluded by Asmodee Entertainment’s licensing manager, Alexander Thieme.
“There are great narrative opportunities here,” adds Markus Rohde, novels line editor, Cross Cult. “The worlds of these board game classics are extremely diverse. In one novel you can immerse yourself in a Lovecraft-inspired nightmare, the next is an epic, sweeping space opera. Of course, the novels don't just offer fans who have played the games for many years an extension of their passion. There are also great stories for science fiction, horror or thriller readers.”
Cross Cult was established in Germany in 2001 as a publisher of comic books based on popular fantasy and horror films and TV shows, and more recently video games. Novels joined their list in 2008, and now include “Star Trek,” “Doctor Who,” and “The Walking Dead.”