A new animated series from Cartoon Network, OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes, will fire up the broadcaster with a connected world of original heroes across the TV and gaming landscape with an integrated console game.
Created by Ian Jones-Quartey, and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the action-packed show follows the heroic feats of K.O., an endlessly optimistic kid attempting to level up to be the best he can be in a dynamic universe of friends and challenging foes.
The integrated console and PC game has been jointly developed with indie video game studio Capybara Games, and is an action brawler with RPG elements.
To help build this highly-developed world, Cartoon Network opened the door to the gaming and creative communities to produce custom multi-platform content.
At a Game Jam last year, independent game developers created their own original games based on the characters. Following the Game Jam, college undergraduates were invited to craft 15-second animation shorts using the IP at an Animation Jam.
A standalone original mobile game, titled OK KO! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, also launched last year based on Jones-Quartey’s short animation of the same name, from Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning artist program.
OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes is set in Lakewood Plaza; a mall for heroes; where KO and his cool crew of friends are constantly trying to impress each other in their efforts to level up and overcome the obstacles that evil foe Lord Boxman sends their way on his quest to destroy the plaza.
“This combined launch marks the culmination of a unique multi-media development process,” Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network chief content officer said.
“The result is an entirely connected world which provides deeper satisfaction as fans get further into the property from every access point.”
“For me, video games and animation have a lot in common and having fun is the main goal,” Jones-Quartey said. “OK K.O.! is a video game-inspired world expressed through the language of animation, but mostly an adventurous playground with heart-warming heroes who battle against robots.”
The TV series and game is scheduled for release in Asia Pacific later this year and early 2018.