As a fan of the hit ‘80s arcade game Galaga, you may think you know the alien shoot-'em-up world, but you’ve never seen it the way Nuttery Entertainment and Meow Wolf are reimagining it: as an animated series and fully immersive experience.
If you didn’t throw a million quarters at the game back in its arcade heyday, it involved an 8-bit outer space, where you piloted (well, moved from side to side) a photon-shooting, sometimes-doubling-up spaceship, whose projectiles sounded more like Q*bert hopping than explosions, but still served to effectively annihilate an overly aggressive air force of alien bugs raining down upon said spaceship.
So you can likely imagine what fun an animated series and immersive experience could have with the premise, especially if you’re plenty entertained just by watching this for 50 minutes …
Now, where were we? Ah, yes! Galaga, another hot retro game benefiting from a robust market for nostalgia. As a big player in the golden age of arcade video games, it was first released in 1981 by Namco in Japan and Midway in North America, and Bandai Namco has continued to bring the game to different platforms, pretty much ever since. Now they're looking to bring it to the animated space and beyond with Galaga Chronicles | Revolution Age.
"The Nuttery has been working with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. to expand the Galaga brand into the narrative space. Galaga Chronicles will be an epic sci-fi story that will span generations and reach far and wide into the galaxy," said The Nuttery Entertainment co-founder and CEO Magnus Jansson in an emailed statement to SYFY WIRE.
According to Deadline, the ambitious project “will bridge the animated content from the series with physical exhibitions, merchandise, live media, and a new, annual gaming competition series Score Wars." All of these are expected to launch to coincide with the Galaga World Championship, which will take place on March 29, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
If all that sounds just a bit different than what you're used to seeing in the arcade, worry not.
"We are making every effort to respect the incredible legacy of the Galaga game series and make sure the story, as well as the amazing new characters we are introducing, reflect its uniqueness, quirks, and amazing gameplay," said Jansson.
The show itself, an anime-inspired series, was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con this year. But this is the first we’ve heard of Meow Wolf’s involvement. According to its website, the Santa Fe arts and entertainment collective “creates immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration.”
And they do so on a major scale, including murder mystery/art installation House of Eternal Return, the group’s first permanent work, which launched in a 20,000-square-foot exhibit space in 2016 with “support” from George R.R. Martin. You can get a feel for that unique experience in the video below.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Meow Wolf to the Galaga family -- They bring such an awesome approach to narrative in new and unique ways and it will elevate the entire brand extension into new media," said Jansson. "We are looking to start off this amazing space adventure in the anime genre and 2018 should prove an amazing year for fans of sci-fi and retro gaming!"
With such incredible source material and all that creativity working in their favor, it’ll be interesting to see what new Galaga worlds they'll come up with, don’t you think?