Annapurna Pictures has built a name for itself over the years, producing films including Zero Dark Thirty, Her, and Sausage Party. Today, the company has announced that it's expanding its focus into games, with the introduction of Annapurna Interactive. The new division's first projects include new games from the creators of Katamari Damacy and Monument Valley.
According to Annapurna's founder and CEO, Megan Ellison, this new branch comes from a longtime love of the medium. "I’ve had a great passion for video games for as long as I can remember," she says. "Growing up, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was one of my all-time favorites. My brother and I ran up quite a bill calling the 1-900 numbers for tips on those games, before the internet provided game-guides. The artistry and diversity of interactive storytelling is exciting and we look forward to exploring the limitless possibilities in gaming. We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home and I believe we’ve assembled the perfect team to make that happen."
The company will publish Jason Roberts' Gorogoa and Giant Sparrow's What Remains of Edith Finch in spring 2017. In addition, Annapurna Interactive is working with Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi and Monument Valley game designer Ken Wong on their next, unannounced projects.
Annapurna is starting off with some interesting projects – here's hoping they have the patience to see them all through. These aren't the kinds of games that are going to make AAA studios shake in their boots, but that fits with the direction that Annapurna has taken in the film business as well. Develop quality art, and audiences will come.