Unless you're from Poland, there's a good chance that the names 'Kajko' and 'Kokosz' won't mean an awful lot to you. First published in 1972, Janusz Christa's comic books have often been compared to the Asterix series, and they explore similar themes (the franchise has even been accused of plagiarising Albert Uderzo characters and setting, but we won't go down that particular rabbit hole).
Now, these Slavic warriors are getting a new lease of life thanks to a Netflix animated series, which makes its international debut today. Renamed Kayko and Kokosh, the series will be accompanied by a Switch-exclusive video game, expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2022.
The aim of the game, according to publisher RedDeer.games, will be to introduce the characters to a global audience that may well be unfamiliar with their exploits. It will be "a unique combination of the colouring book, interactive comic, and visual novel," and its plot will be penned by former CD Projekt RED writer Magdalena Kucenty, who was responsible for the script of The Witcher's Gwent spin-off.
Here's some PR:
You’ll enter the colorful world of Slavic fantasy. The humorous strips follow the story of two warriors that do everything they can to defend their beloved castle of Mirmilovo from attacks by the evil order of Knaveknights.
MEET THE HEROES
Kayko is the clever, resourceful, and lovable kind of a hero, while Kokosh is more of a strong and confident type, who’s always hungry. They both serve castellan and his wife—Mirmil and Lubava—who take care of general order in Mirmilovo.
SLAVIC FLAIR AND CUNNING
In this beautiful, yet rarely quiet place the sneaky attacks from the Knaveknights are so common that Kayko and Kokosh need to constantly invent new tactics of saving the castle. And they do it in the funniest and cunning ways possible: from absurd diplomatic disputes through changing the opening hours of the castle to the fight with an overwhelming spirit of laziness.
ABOVE ALL - GOOD FUN!
The additional ten comic strips picture everyday life in the castle and its surroundings, with cute and magical creatures that live there. Thanks to the fun drawings and stories the game should please readers of every age and improve their mood immediately!
RedDeer.games production will be created in cooperation with the Janusz Christa „KRESKA” Foundation, to reflect the spirit of the adventures of the brave Slavs as faithfully as possible.
A second title is also in development and will be a story-driven action game created by the team responsible for the upcoming 7 Horizons.
Michał M. Lisiecki, CEO of RedDeerGames, had this to say about the announcement:
Cooperation with Janusz Christa’s Kreska Foundation is an honor and a great pleasure. Our mission is clear: to create games that comic book fans will love, but also to present these characters and the universe to a global audience. We believe that Kayko and Kokosh deserve it.
Here's the trailer for the Netflix series, if you're keen to see more: