Hunters Entertainment have signed a deal with Skydance to produce an Altered Carbon tabletop RPG.
The RPG will have direct tie-ins with the second series of the show which is expected to air on Netflix in 2019. Hunters will launch the RPG with a Kickstarter this year, and so we might speculate on tabletop game’s Kickstarter coinciding with the Netflix launch.
Altered Carbon is based on Richard K Morgan’s sci-fi novels of the same name. It’s a cyberpunk future in which the mind has become digital, and people transfer from one body to another. The main character is an elite warrior, known as an Envoy, called Takeshi Kovacs who has been stuck in a digital prison for 500 years only to be summoned into a future he tried to stop. In series 2 of the show, he’ll be played by Anthony Mackie (Avengers).
Ivan Van Norman, CMO and Co-Founder of Hunters told press;
Altered Carbon is such a rich and expansive universe,”
We look forward to producing an equally ambitious and inspired line of games for years to come.”
This is clearly a big deal for Hunters. The headline of the press release was “Hunters Entertainment Rolls The Dice with Altered Carbon Tabletop Role-Playing Game”. That’s my emphasis, not theirs.
Is Altered Carbon a roll of the dice for a publisher? It surely is. It’s a great title, but gamers can be fickle at times. Indie publisher Dragon Turtle Games has shown there’s interest for more cyberpunk RPG action as just a few months ago they attracted well over 3,000 backers and nearly £150,000 in funding for the Kickstarter for Carbon 2185. Carbon 2185 is a cyberpunk RPG that uses 5e.
R Talsorian Games, the people behind the original Cyberpunk RPG, are also working with CD Projekt Red on a new cyberpunk computer game and accompanying tabletop. It could become a busy market.
Hunters have signed up Renegade Game Studios to help distribute and publish the game. Renegade Game Studios has been very active of late, a young company helmed by Scott Gaeta that is growing quickly, and who recently announced their own deal with WizKids on the Wardlings RPG.