Issa Rae GLOWS UP
Issa Rae’s Insecure will be turned into a mobile video game following the series’ April 12 return on HBO. “The Come Up Game,” developed by Glow Up Games, will transform the hit series’ characters into animated figures that can live the life you design for them, explore and unlock parts of Los Angeles that can help them advance, have an active dating life, and create something that’ll change your community for the better.
“When we approached Insecure, the stakes got high,” Latoya Peterson, Glow Up Games CXO, Director for the Culture, said. “You don’t see a lot of of-color IP being adapted into the game space. It doesn’t mean that shows like Girlfriends, Living Single, and Martin don’t deserve games. Or, you know, Atlanta or Black-ish. But they just don’t get them. We knew this was going to be a high-profile adaptation.”
Mitu Khandaker, Glow Up Game’s CEO, Director of Technology, has said that this is a step in the right direction in promoting this form of storytelling in a video game format. “And that’s not even counting the enormous issue of representation in games. So, we were super excited for the opportunity to create Insecure: The Come Up Game, because it’s time that games did things differently and lifted up more black and brown women — as both playable characters, and behind the scenes, as developers.” Issa Dee’s classic mirror-freestyles will also be available for one’s own lyrical output.
“The Glow Up Games team has been amazing to work with and it was such a rewarding experience to create this game alongside an all women of color-led team,” Rae said. Insecure: The Come Up Game will be available for download in Apple’s App Store as well as Google Play later this year.