DHX Media’s animation Slugterra is branching out into live-action gameshows and VR through a new partnership with Epic Story Media.
Under the agreement, Epic Story Meida will develop transmedia content combining traditional video with the latest technology.
As well as new animated shorts series Slugisodes, ESM will develop a new live-action gameshow based on the new Slugterra VR game from Dark Slope Studios. The Slugterra VR game, set to be released by Hologate in Q4 2019, is a location-based multiplayer VR game and will be featured in up to 250 Hologate locations around the world. The new gameshow in development will see kids compete against each other in a Slugterra VR tournament.
The new animated action comedy Slugisodes (20 x 5’) is currently in development with DHX Media. The 2D animated shorts are targeted to launch in 2020, including on YouTube, managed by DHX’s WildBrain. Through a non-dialogue serialized arc, the ‘Slugisodes’ will feature the Slugs from the hit international show, as well as introducing new Slugs and locations.
ESM will also launch a limited-edition run of premium collectables for Slugterra and is celebrating hitting 1.5 billion views for the property on YouTube. Epic Story Interactive, a subsidiary of Epic Story Media, is also developing its fifth Slugterra mobile game set to launch in Q3 of 2020, the seventh mobile game for the franchise which now has a combined total of 40 million downloads globally.
Ken Faier, El Presidente and Founder of Epic Story Media says: “We are very excited about continuing to build on the successes of Slugterra and Chaotic – both great properties with devoted fan bases hungry for gaming, toys and content. Fans are on 24/7 and we are working to find innovative ways they can enjoy interacting with these characters and story worlds in new realms.”