French video game publisher and developer Microids (Sifu, Syberia, Gear.Club, Corsairs, Still Life, Asterix and Obelix, Fort Boyard, Garfield, and Hercule Poirot) have signed a publishing agreement with TMS Entertainment to adapt the iconic 1978 manga Cobra that was later made into an anime movie called Space Adventure Cobra, into a video game. Players will be able to take on the role of the galactic bounty hunter Cobra and wield his Psycho Gun in adventures spanning the universe alongside his scantily clad partner Lady Armaroid. Cobra, The Video Game is being developed for PC and consoles.
Cobra, The Video Game Announcement
Microids and TMS are pleased to announce that Cobra, the video game, is currently in the pre-production stage. Adapted from the Japanese animation series produced by TMS Entertainment (based on illustrations and comic books created by Buichi Terasawa), the video game provides players the opportunity to step into Cobra’s shoes as the famous galactic bounty hunter, in a futuristic and colorful universe on consoles and PC.
Created in 1978, the cult manga Cobra has fascinated many generations of fans with its complex plot known for its many twists and turns. With his legendary Psycho Gun attached to his left arm, and his iconic partnership with Lady, the notorious space pirate Cobra has captivated audiences for decades.
According to Stéphane Longeard, CEO of Microids: “We are extremely excited to work on this adaptation of Space Adventure Cobra, a legendary anime which has inspired a whole generation of fans. We are committed to respecting the universe and characters created by Buichi Terasawa while providing an immersive gameplay experience, faithful to the spirit of the anime series. The Cobra game promises to be a great adventure for fans and gamers looking for a rich and compelling universe.”
“We were very impressed with the passion and professionalism of the Microids team, and we are confident that Cobra fans will be thrilled with the new video game. We are looking forward to the final product, which promises to delight the fans”, Tadashi Takezaki, CEO of TMS Entertainment.
Space Adventure Cobra, the 1982 movie
Those not familiar with the original 1982 anime movie might still recognize some of its artwork and characters from a popular music video. Matthew Sweet used footage from the movie as a basis for his 1991 music video Girlfriend. Space Adventure Cobra has also recently seen a resurgence in Japan with a limited 4K theatrical re-release in December 2022 along with a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2019.