'Path Of Exile' Graphic Novel Coming This Summer; Acclaimed Dungeon Crawler Will Get Digital Comic In Anticipation Of New Expansion

By Steve Buja , Updated Jul 10, 2014 08:46 AM EDT

Grinding Gear Games, as on point a name for a game developer as ever there was one, has announced that its critically acclaimed, extremely deep dungeon crawler Path of Exile will be adapted into a four part comic book series.

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The company is teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment, the publisher of such comics as Zorro, Red Sonja and Army of Darkness to name but a few. The company is also no stranger to game adaptations, and to paths in general, as they publish comics based in the Pathfinder RPG world. The four comic run of Path of Exile is set to be released later this summer and will focus on the backstory to as yet unannounced expansion.

"Each 22-page issue will release digitally with individual cover art, and the entire series will ultimately be compiled as a full-color, printed graphic novel, and be published by Dynamite next year."

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Plus, PoE players who purchase the comic will be able to acquire some unique in-game loot, such as armor cosmetic effects.

Working closely with the heads of Grinding Gear Games, the comic series will be illustrated by Carlos Rodriguez and written by Royal McGraw, two veterans of the comics world. Rodriguez has worked on Teen Titans and Nightwing for DC, and McGraw has penned several Batman comics and currently writes for the hit mobile title High School Story and is an outspoken games advocate, having spoken at this year's GDC.

"We are thrilled to be working with Grinding Gear Games on this," said Rich Young, Dynamite's Director of Business Development, who is also serving as Editor on the project. "The work being produced by the creative team is really top notch, and it's tying in seamlessly to the game. I think that fans of Path of Exile are really going to enjoy this series, which adds to the depth of the game, but in a different medium."

Path of Exile emerged as another Diablo clone last year but quickly came into its own with its extensive customization tree and level of difficulty. With over 5.5 million and counting registered users, Path of Exile has received universal critical acclaim, including 2013 Game of the Year awards from leading game sites such as GameSpot and PC PowerPlay.

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