The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has partnered with comic book creator Stan Sakai and HappyGiant (in association with Dark Horse Comics) to develop in-game content for a special free version of its new video game based on the comic book Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin.
It’s the first video game in twenty-five years featuring characters from the award-winning Usagi Yojimbo (Rabbit Bodyguard) comic book series, an epic saga about a masterless samurai (ronin) rabbit living at the turn of 17th-century Japan. The series debuted nearly thirty years ago!
Through this collaboration, players who visit the MFA’s exhibition will gain access to a special passcode that will allow them to unlock a special level of the game.
“Usagi Yojimbo gives us a fun way to engage young people and attract families to the MFA’s exciting new exhibition,” said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA. “This playful game offers a window into feudal Japan and showcases the impressive armor on view in Samurai!”
I love that they’re trying to get kids more interested in history by trying to integrate fun things like games. Let’s keep an eye out and see if this one is successful in getting kids excited about a trip to the museum! Of course, as a kid I didn’t need any motivation to get excited about samurai armor…but I was a weird kid.