Devir was already a well-established game distributor when it began publishing licensed games in 2000. Since then, publishing has become a major part of the company’s business, and now Devir is reversing its early efforts by producing English-language versions of its own game designs. ICv2 had a chance to chat with Devir Americas’ Managing Partner and Co-founder Matt Hyland, who kindly revealed a bit of the company’s history and its plans for 2017.
“In Spain, we started publishing titles under license in 2000, and over the years we started growing our business little by little. In Spain, it’s now a huge part of our business. The board game market there has grown quite a bit. At some point, we decided we should do some games in English. Even though we were focused on Latin America at the time, we have a base in the U.S. The category is still growing here in the States. We have some good developers, good designers. Why don’t we try to do some things in English, translate our Spanish products into English and see what happens?”
The company’s biggest release of the year is scheduled for Origins in June: the miniatures-based board game Fanhunter: Urban Warfare. The game is based on a Spanish comic book from the 1990s by Cels Pinol that imagines a post-apocalyptic future where all forms of fandom have been banned, triggering a revolt by the fans of every kind of pop culture. To put down the revolt, the ruler of Barna City and self-declared Pope Alejo sends out squads of “fanhunters” to eliminate every fan.
Fanhunter: Urban Warfare was designed by David Esbri, who also sculpted the 35 minis included in the game. Players can lead teams of fanhunters or take up arms on the side of the fans using whatever weapons they can find and fighting skirmishes on the game board. The game is designed to follow the storyline of Pinol’s comic through the use of special “storyboards” that present the different scenarios while revealing the overall story.
According to Esbri, the intent of the design was to “give the players a possibility to design their own scenarios, to create their own squads, and to own the game,” while remaining true to the comic source material.
The product has not been finalized yet, but MSRP is expected to be around $74.99.
Devir plans to release two new games at Gen Con:
MSRP has not yet been set, but is expected to be around $39.99.
MSRP for Fast Food Fear will be $24.99.
These summer releases follow two games Devir offered in January:
Check out the gallery for images of the games taken at the GAMA Trade Show.