French publisher Microids has signed a new deal to develop four new games based on the Smurfs IP with license holder IMPS.
The partnership will see a titles in a variety of genres launching over the coming five years. This follows Microids working with IMPS on The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf (pictured), which was announced back in May 2020 and is set to launch for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch at the end of 2021.
“We’re thrilled over this ambitious deal with IMPS, as it extends even more our lasting and very promising partnership,” Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard said.
“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.”
IMPS founder – and daughter of Smurfs creator Pierre Culliford aka Peyo – Véronique Culliford added: “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. 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.”
Microids also published a remake of 2003's XIII – itself based on a Belgian comic – in 2020, but in November of that year had to apologise along with developer PlayMagic for the game's quality.