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Here are all of the video game adaptations coming from Netflix to a small screen near you, and there's a lot. So, grab a bucket of popcorn, pour yourself a Tango Ice Blast, and strap in, because there's something for everyone.I'm not trying to be facetious, I'm trying to express that Netflix is literally spinning countless plates right now to produce these shows inspired by various video games.
Now, video game adaptations tend to get a lousy deal, even though their very definition leads to lots of moolah landing in people's pockets. Up until 2019, no video game movie had received a score of over 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Video game movies are occasionally tough to follow for viewers and players alike, and sometimes the star power and visual effects are used as a crutch for what is actually a lacklustre plotline. But, video game TV shows... now there's newly trodden territory, and Netflix is leading the charge into the unknown.
These have been sorted alphabetically, and there are 10 projects on the go at the moment. We won't count things like Castlevania and The Witcher because we already knew that these would be getting subsequent series, and we're all about the anticipation, the excitement, the drama, here at GAMINGbible. So, without further ado.
Assassin's Creed, announced late last year, is in the very early stages of development, presently. Ubisoft Film & Television's Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik are acting as executive producers, and the showrunner is yet to be announced. Netflix is keen for Assassin's Creed, citing its "breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal" as unique pulls for new audiences.
The Cuphead Show! will entertain children and adults alike, and will even use hand-drawn characters and animation like the original game. A ridiculously ruthless run and gun with a curious art style inspired by Disney and Fleischer cartoons from the 1930s, an adaptation of this game was practically a done deal. Cuphead will be voiced by Tru Valentino, whereas Frank Todaro voices Mugman. Showrunner C.J. Kettler will be executive-producing, and with previous credits on Carmen Sandiego and Cramp Twins, the project is in very capable hands.
From the studio that brought you anime shows like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia, Cyberpunk 2077: Edgerunners will span ten episodes and launch on Netflix in 2022. It will tell a "standalone story set in the same universe," so fingers crossed that this universe no longer is home to catapulting cars, melting faces, and ghastly wardrobe gaffes. From the promotional art alone, it's a very striking show, and it might keep players ticking over til the multiplayer mode arrives.
Now, let's bear in mind that the Devil May Cry animated show was unveiled in 2018. We've still not gotten a look into how the project is progressing, which might be a bad sign. However, neither Netflix nor Adi Shankar have stated that the show is on ice, so it'd be rational to assume that it's still happening. Somewhere. Sometime. Hopefully we will see the fruits of their labours, because the Devil May Cry show would "join Castlevania in what we're now calling the bootleg multiverse." A bootleg multiverse! What a phrase! I've got to see this for myself.
"Based on a world-famous action RPG set in an open world, Dragon's Dogma from Capcom will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series," read the announcement from the streaming service in late 2020. "The story follows a man's journey, seeking revenge on a dragon that stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an 'Arisen'." I'm not overly familiar with the game, but I'm on board based on that description alone. Sublimation Inc will be collaborating with Netflix to deliver the show, and the studio is thrilled to be bringing its hand-drawn, "unique cel-shaded" style to the darkly Gothic world.
The Final Fantasy show will be helmed by Hivemind, which is the production company that gave us The Expanse and The Witcher. One sentence in and it's won over a hefty chunk of a potential audience, even if they aren't appraised of Final Fantasy. "Television is the ideal medium to capture the extraordinary depth, sophisticated themes, and unparalleled imagination of Final Fantasy and its multitude of unique and fully realized characters," said Hivemind at the time. It will be inspired by Final Fantasy 14, and at the moment, no actors have been cast as the characters.
Prepare for trouble, and make it double. That's right: two Resident Evil projects are waiting in the wings over with Netflix. Firstly, there's Resident Evil, which contains eight episodes following the teenage Wesker daughters. The timeline will be split between their youth and the present day, where the T-virus has decimated life on Earth. Secondly, Resident Evil Infinite Darkness is a canonical entry to the series' timeline, and will see Resident Evil 2's Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield team up to survive the horrors of Raccoon City.
Announced only this afternoon, Sega and Netflix have confirmed the rumours that there is a Sonic The Hedgehog series on its way. Sonic Prime is a 3D animated show, a little like Sonic Boom, and it is aimed at younger audiences. "Sonic's adventure is about more than a race to save the universe, it's a journey of self-discovery and redemption," read the press release from Wild Brain Studio.
It wouldn't be incorrect to say that fans of Splinter Cell have had a chip on their shoulder for some time. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist (the latest game in the series) released in 2013, and Ubisoft has been enthusiastically copying and pasting Sam Fisher into absolutely any game other than his own. Ergo, the news that a Splinter Cell show is in development, boasting 16 episodes across two seasons, was received rather warmly. Eh, it's better than a Rainbow Six Siege cameo.
Lastly, a Tomb Raider anime series was announced in January, which is super duper for me specifically. When the sequel to the 2018 movie got cancelled, and with no updates from Square Enix about another fully-fledged game, a shadow was cast over Lara's future. It turned out that the company was storing these for the celebration of the series' 25th anniversary, so all is well at Croft Manor. The anime series will take place after Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Legendary are partnering with Netflix to produce the project.
There you have it. All of the anticipated video game shows on their way from Netflix to your eyeballs. A number of these are at early stages of the production process, whereas others are waiting to premiere in the near future. When we have updates on your favourite shows, you'll be the first to know.
Featured Image Credit: Ubisoft, Sega, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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