Sega and Red Entertainment’s PS2 third-person shooter license is being revived. Following two games and an anime series, the stylish Gungrave, created by Trigun originator, Yasuhiro Nightow, is being adapted into an original manga by Digital Manga Publishing.
Unfortunately, Nightow won’t be contributing to the series’ artwork. The report comes by way of Deb Aoki, manga editor at About.com, who has a quote from DMP on why this is the case.
“We had wanted Nightow to do it, that (would have been) the ideal situation,” explained Fred Lui, VP of Production at DMP. “But because of scheduling, an alternative artist will be used to adapt the story.” Lui added, “The story concept is a long-running series, so chances for multiple volumes are high.”
According Lui, “Gungrave is a story about revenge — following the characters of two life-long friends Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowell as they rise through the ranks of the crime syndicate, Millennion. Brandon Heat is betrayed and killed and later resurrected as the vengeance seeking killing machine named ‘Beyond the Grave’.”
Simultaneously, Convergence Entertainment are developing a live-action Gungrave film for release in 2011. You can read more about the games in this fantastic piece on Hardcore Gaming101.