Worldwide Publishing Deal for Magnus Games Studio’s Re:Legend
Magnus becomes the first Malaysian game company to sign on with the Italian game publisher, Digital Bros through its subsidiary 505 Games
Kuala Lumpur, 15 March 2018 – Magnus Games Studio, the game development studio for Re:Legend has entered a worldwide publishing agreement with Italian game publisher and distributor Digital Bros S.p.A.. through the former’s subsidiary, 505 Games S.p.A.. This groundbreaking agreement will see Re:Legend – an indie, made-in-Malaysia, monster-raising multiplayer simulation role-playing game (RPG) – be marketed over digital games platform Steam to players globally including Northern America, Western Europe, and Asia!
“It is an absolute honour for a budding studio like Magnus to be partnering a major publisher such as Digital Bros. We are thrilled with the market opportunities for Re:Legend that this worldwide publishing agreement brings. We worked hard and poured our passion into making this game enjoyable for our supporters and fans, and we hope to bring the game to the next level through our experience working with 505 Games and Digital Bros to grow Re: Legend into a global franchise and at the same time mature into a leading player in our region”, said Magnus co-founder DC Gan.
Re:Legend first made waves among the gaming community when the company broke the record with a 99% upvotes on Square Enix Collective – a curated platform that enables creators to post ideas, and gamers to judge whether those ideas should become a reality. Inspired by cult-classic farm simulation game Harvest Moon, Monster Rancher and Stardew Valley, Re: Legend is described as a monster-raising RPG that allows the player to raise magical monsters, known as Magnus; train in farming and fishing; build a village; and play co-operatively with other players. Convinced of the marketability of the game, brothers and co-founders DC Gan and Welson Gan ran a month-long Kickstarter campaign in July 2017 which was a massive success as the project surpassed its target of US$70,000 in less than 24 hours, achieving 900% funding from backers all around the globe by the end of the campaign and making it the most crowd-funded game in South-East Asia in 2017!
Praising the game as a detailed and creative game that would appeal to both casual and serious players, Raffaele Galante, Chief Operating Officer of Digital Bros said, “We have strongly believed in this project far before the beginning of the Kickstarter campaign and we are very pleased to finally have the chance to announce it here today with Magnus Games Studio and the support of Malaysia’s MDEC. It is a promising project with passion, novelty, and creativity. Our cooperation with Magnus Games Studio on Re: Legend further confirms our footprint in Asia and our increasing focus on Asian markets, where expectations from fans for games are proving to be very high.”
Representing MDEC at the event, Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of MDEC congratulated both companies on the newly sealed agreement, “It is another truly ‘Malaysia Boleh’ moment for us and further proof that MDEC’s endeavours are bearing fruit. We have often lauded local studios and their capability in delivering world-class IPs, so we are extremely proud that Digital Bros shares the sentiment about Magnus and Re:Legend!
DC also added, “We dared to dream big with Re:Legend and we couldn’t have done it without the support from our fans who gave feedback and helped shaped the game. We are also truly grateful to have the support from MDEC in providing us with the industry exposure – locally and internationally – to make this game a reality for many of our fans around the world.”
About Magnus Games Studio
Magnus Games Studio is a new independent game studio based in Malaysia, co-founded by two brothers, DC Gan and Welson Gan, filled with passion and creativity. For Re:Legend, the studio has been awarded the 2017 South-East Asia Best Rising Star Award at the regional 2017’s LEVEL UP KL Conference.
About Digital Bros Group
Listed on the Star segment of Borsa Italiana, Digital Bros Group is a global company that has been operating since 1989 as a developer, publisher and distributor of videogames through its brand 505 Games. The Group distributes its contents on both retail and digital channels. Digital Bros Group is active around the world through its own direct operations in Italy, the United States, the UK, France, Spain, Germany and China, with approximately 250 employees. For more information on Digital Bros Group and its products please visit www.digitalbros.com.
About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.), an agency incorporated 20 years ago under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, spearheads the development of Malaysia’s Digital Economy. Its mission is centred on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.
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