Kadokawa Games has reached an agreement with Chinese production house Perfect World Pictures to produce a live-action feature based on its mystery visual novel Root Letter, the company announced.
The project is currently in the early stages of development. Further information will be released later this year.
Find comments from both parties below.
Yoshimi Yasuda, Producer of Root Letter
“Root Letter is the first title from ‘Kadokawa Games Mystery,’ which strives to create Japanese culture and history. Root Letter is an adventure game featuring faithfully reproduced cityscapes and human drama that is interwoven by the people who live in the Shimane Prefecture. I’m very pleased it has attracted such great interest from Perfect World Pictures, and I look forward to seeing the Root Letter IP enjoyed on different media.”
Miao Meng, VP of TV Marketing and Distribution for Perfect World Pictures
“The convergence of and interplay between movies and games can vastly expand the range of uses for high-quality IP resources while stimulating creative thinking, widening to the largest extent possible how the two can be used in the broader culture and entertainment industry. Japanese ideas and scenery are of great interest for our markets. With Kadokawa Games, starting with Root Letter, we look forward to exploring further video games IP possibilities.”
Root Letter is currently available on Steam for $14.99, 25 percent-off its regular price of $19.99, until September 1 in celebration of the live-action feature announcement.
In related news, Root Letter is now available for smartphones in Japan via the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play. In an e-mail, Kadokawa Games told Gematsu it is currently evaluating an international release of the smartphone version.