Epic MegaGrant Fueling Hybrid Studio Built on Game Engines, Virtual Production and Optioned IP; Oscar-Nominated Director and “Love, Death & Robots” Writer Attached
Today, transmedia startup Voltaku announces Killtopia, a new cyberpunk saga that pits two siblings against yakuza, plagues and mechs in a futuristic megacity. Aimed at “otaku” — a Japanese term for people obsessed with anime, manga and gaming — the series is also the launching pad for Voltaku’s hybrid studio, which has already optioned two other sci-fi/fantasy projects for cross-platform development.
“Game engines are giving studios a flexibility we’ve never seen before,” said Charles Borland, Voltaku CEO and co-founder. “When we option a project, it doesn’t have to stop with a movie or a TV series anymore. We can take our 3D production assets and build a game, VR/AR experiences, marketing materials, digital goods, basically anything we want, at Lion King or Avatar-like production levels. And that’s exactly what ‘otaku’ are looking for — more ways to engage with the worlds they love.”