The Netflix video game shows and movies currently in development

HBO Max may be bringing it The last of us to streamers in January 2023 and Fallout Looks like it’s not far behind on Amazon. But as this week’s trailer for the animated series Dragon Age: Absolution quickly remind us, Netflix is ​​the undisputed home of video game adaptations. It has 15 projects in the works to go with the big names it has already delivered, such as the League of Legends spin-off. arcane, The Cuphead Showand the anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunnerswhose first season premiered in September.

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Spanning feature films and TV series, both live-action and animated, here’s a rundown of everything Netflix has to say about video games, along with the latest news we’ve heard about it.

The Assassin’s Creed

An “epic, genre-bending” live-action adaptation will be the first series in a partnership that Netflix and Ubisoft’s film and television group announced in October 2020. The two have more Assassin’s Creed content in mind, but haven’t said what it is. can be. At the Ubisoft Forward showcase in September, Netflix and Ubisoft announced that they were also partnering on a mobile game.

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Beyond good and evil

It seems blasphemous to talk about this getting a screen adaptation Beyond good and evil 2the long-awaited prequel to the 20-year-old cult hit, practically AWOL since 2018. But, also in 2020, Ubisoft confirmed that it was working with Netflix on a Beyond good and evil feature film “We look forward to sharing more in the future,” the publisher said. Just like with the game, not yet.

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A memorable scene from the original BioShock: the bronze bust of Rapture City founder Andrew Ryan covered by a banner that reads

Image: Irrational Games/2K Games


In February, Netflix said that it, 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive (2K’s parent company) had reached an agreement to make “a film adaptation of the acclaimed BioShock video game franchise.” 2K Games and Vertical Entertainment are the producing partners. BioShock last saw a video game in 2013 BioShock Infinitealthough 2K Games said in 2019 that a new in-house studio, Cloud Chamber, was working on the next installment, still “several years” away.

Castlevania: Nocturne

After four seasons as an animated hit, Castlevania returns to Netflix with Castlevania: Nocturneled by showrunner Kevin Kolde, who worked on the original series. Castlevania: Nocturne will feature Richter Belmont, the protagonist of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood e Symphony of the Night. Netflix confirmed that the animated series was in production in June.

devil may cry

Adi Shankar, executive producer of the animated film Castlevania series that aired on Netflix from 2017 to 2021, said in 2018 that it had acquired the rights to make an animated series from DMC. Last year, Shankar told IGN Japan that the scripts for Season 1 were finished, that the first year would consist of eight episodes, and that it was being made with a “multi-season arc” in mind. Production was due to begin earlier this year; no release date has been announced.

Dragon Age: Absolution

We just learned on Thursday that this animated adaptation of BioWare’s fantasy RPG will be released on December 9th. The series will run for six 30-minute episodes and tells the story of a heist (of an ancient artifact) gone sideways. Stars in the works include Kimberly Brooks, Matthew Mercer, Ashly Burch and Sumalee Montano. BioWare, meanwhile, is still working on it Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, formally announced by Electronic Arts last June.

Dragon’s Lair

The Hollywood Reporter reported in the spring of 2020 that Netflix had closed a rights deal to adapt the 1980s LaserDisc game and Ryan Reynolds (deadpool) was in talks to produce and star in it. Dragon’s Lair it fits, somewhat, with Netflix’s programming aesthetic, as it appeared strange things as a recognizable piece of ’80s nostalgia. Just this week, Collider asked Reynolds how the project was going, and Reynolds said that Netflix is ​​”taking on such a shift. […] i think [it] it’s going to be pretty surprising to a lot of people.” There are no other details yet on when this feature might debut.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Who knows exactly what this will be at the end, but Adi Shankar is also developing an animated series called Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remixwhich is based on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragonthe 2013 indie expansion that poked fun at VHS action movie rentals from the 1980s. The show’s hero is cybernetic super-soldier Dolph Laserhawk, and according to Shankar, he has full permission from Ubisoft to remix the publisher’s IP, so this it should be especially rare.

Gears of War

Netflix has won the rights to two adaptations of Gears of War, one a feature film that was conceived for almost 15 years and the other an “animated series for adults”. on monday, Netflix has confirmed both projects were in the works, “with the possibility of more stories to follow!” Netflix will be working with Gears developer The Coalition to bring the film and cartoon to the screen, but so far there are no filmmakers, directors, writers or other stars attached to either adaptation.

Horizon Zero Dawn

First revealed at a Sony Pictures investor briefing in May, Horizon Zero Dawn was later confirmed for a Netflix live-action adaptation, with Umbrella AcademySteve Blackman on board as showrunner. Speaking during Netflix’s Tudum presentation in August, Blackman said the show would star Aloy, the protagonist of the 2017 series. Horizon Zero Dawn and this year’s Forbidden Horizon West.


A live-action Pokemon series, in the 2019 hit mode Detective Pikachuwas in the works by the end of July 2021. Joe Henderson, the executive producer of Netflix Lucifer, was said to be the writer and executive producer. But that’s literally all anyone knows so far. The series has not been officially confirmed by Netflix or The Pokémon Company, let alone named.

Sonic Prime

This animated series starring the Blue Blur premieres on December 15th. In it, Sonic and fan favorites Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Shadow, Rouge the Bat, and Big the Cat are reunited thanks to a “universe-shattering event” caused. by Eggman. (Who else?) The show will run for 24 episodes and cast new voices in key roles, including Deven Christian Mack as Sonic, Ashleigh Ball as Tails, and Brian Drummond as Eggman.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

First announced in 2016 as a feature film, Ubisoft told fans at E3 2019 that the project was headed to Netflix. Jake Gyllenhaal remains attached, as producer and main character. Jessica Chastain also came on board the project ahead of the 2019 announcement. At last check, director Rawson Marshall Thurber said he expected filming to begin “hopefully” sometime this year.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Good friend Ubisoft’s fifth collaboration with Netflix is ​​an animated adaptation of the stealth/action video game franchise, which, like some other titles on this list, hasn’t seen a new video game in nearly a decade. Variety reported in 2020 that Netflix had recorded 16 episodes across two seasons, which Ubisoft later confirmed to Polygon. In 2021, Netflix teased fans with some key artwork for the show. Derek Kolstad, the co-creator of the John Wick franchise, is attached to the project.

Tomb Raider

Netflix announced in early 2021 that an animated adaptation of Tomb Raider was coming soon, although it did not give a release date or window. Tasha Huo, from The Witcher: Origin of blooda prequel to the miniseries that arrives on Christmas Day, is on the project as an executive producer and screenwriter.


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