Annapurna Pictures Launches Interactive Video Game Division

CEO Megan Ellison’s new division plans to release two video games this spring

Last Updated: December 1, 2016 @ 8:40 AM

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind “Sausage Party,” has launched Annapurna Interactive, a division which will produce and publish video games.

Annapurna Interactive will publish two games targeting Spring 2017 release dates: Jason Roberts’ “Gorogoa” and Giant Sparrow’s “What Remains of Edith Finch.” “Gorogoa” is a story within a puzzle where the player moves panels on a grid. “Edith Finch” is a collection of short stories centered around the cursed Finch family.

Annapurna Interactive will also release games from other developers like Funomena and Creative Director Keita Takahashi, creator of the “Katamari Damacy” franchise.

The division will be run by a team of veterans whose credits include “Journey,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Flower” and “Fat Princess.”

“I’ve had a great passion for video games for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ was one of my all-time favorites,” said Annapurna’s founder and CEO Megan Ellison in a statement. “My brother and I ran up quite a bill calling the 1-900 numbers for tips on those games, before the internet provided game-guides. The artistry and diversity of interactive storytelling is exciting and we look forward to exploring the limitless possibilities in gaming. We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home and I believe we’ve assembled the perfect team to make that happen.”

The Interactive team added, “We believe video games have a powerful ability to stir emotion. We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with the artists who inspire us in order to bring memorable experiences to all players, whether experienced or first-time gamers.”

Annapurna’s most recent credits include “20th Century Women,” “Sausage Party,” “Wiener-Dog” and “Everybody Wants Some!!”