Hundreds of projects are now in development at Netflix, and throughout the years, we've seen the streaming service acquire some noteworthy video game IPs for use in series and films. Here is a list of all the Netflix video game adaptations that have recently been released or are expected.
Since IP has become more significant as the streaming conflicts continue and services like Netflix don't have a lot of it, they have looked to video games for support. That's true even though Hollywood's track record for adapting video game IP hasn't always been outstanding.
Almost every publisher of video games on the market is collaborating with Netflix in some capacity. There are projects that have been announced or are now on offer from publishers including EA, Konami, Microsoft, Capcom, CD Projekt Red, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, and Ubisoft.The anticipated video game movies and TV episodes on Netflix come at a time when streaming services and their users are increasingly interested in such adaptations. A God of War show is being created for Amazon's Prime Video service, while The Last of Us will debut on HBO and HBO Max in 2023. Arcane and Castlevania are just two examples of Netflix's critically acclaimed video game adaptations in the past, and future releases may be just as successful. Here is a complete list of every video game-related film and show coming to Netflix in 2022 and beyond.
During Netflix Geek Week 2022, legendary Tekken game director Katsuhiro Harada unveiled a fresh look at Tekken: Bloodline and reintroduced audiences to Jin Kazama in stunning anime form. He will be the center of the upcoming Tekken anime adaptation on Netflix, which will center on his fight to break free from the cursed Mishima family. This program, which will include a variety of fan favorites fighting alongside Jin, will primarily examine the game's mythology.
Early glimpses have demonstrated a fascinating animation style that really brings the world of Tekken to life, with fight scenes appearing dynamic, slick, and very cool.
Although a specific release date has not yet been set, the Tekken anime will debut in 2022.
A Sega-produced animated television show. A new 3D animated series on Netflix called Sonic Prime is based on Sonic the Hedgehog's exploits. The television show, which will have several seasons, will be aired on Netflix, with Wildbrain producing. Both older Sonic fans and children around the age of 11 will be the target audience for Sonic Prime.
The 24-episode series, according to Variety, follows the frantic, blue-spiny animal Sonic on a quest where the outcome of a weird new multiverse lies in his gloved hands. It also serves as Sonic's quest for self-discovery and redemption.
The series will be available on Netflix by December 25th, 2022.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
The Horizon: Zero Dawn post-apocalyptic adventure game's rights were one of Netflix's more recent purchases. The protagonist, Aloy, is followed as he unravels the mysteries of a lost civilization in Horizon: Zero Dawn, one of the hottest video game franchises now accessible on Sony's PlayStation. As the game takes place in a distinct dystopian version of America where animal-like robots have taken over the Earth, creating a live-action Horizon adaptation will not be simple. There isn't much information available about the Horizon show, which won't be arriving on Netflix any time soon because the adaptation was just recently announced. But when it happens, be prepared for a major event.
As part of Ubisoft's larger agreement with Netflix, a live-action adaptation of the beloved Assassin's Creed franchise has been scheduled for release in October 2020. There isn't much information available about the project other than the fact that executive producers Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will be working with Ubisoft Film. The series looks to be in its very early stages of creation, so it might be some time before we learn anything significant about it. It's important to note that this series will only be the first of several Assassin's Creed projects to be produced by Netflix, per the terms of the agreement with Ubisoft.
We should be grateful to Netflix for saving the BioShock movie from the depths of production hell, but the streaming giant won't be content with just one movie. A full cinematic world based on the BioShock video games is also in development. Even though a BioShock movie adaptation has been discussed since the first game's release in 2007, the idea of an extended world might work exceptionally well given the breadth of the BioShock video games and the depth of their history.
With wildly popular video games, comics, card games, toys, anime series, and films, Pokémon is one of the biggest media properties in the world. Given this, it's odd that there hasn't been a live-action Pokémon series. But Joe Henderson, the showrunner of Lucifer, is creating just that for the streaming service.Since the Netflix Pokémon series is still in the early stages of development, there aren't any images or trailers that can be used to preview how it will look and feel. Fortunately, the live-action film Detective Pikachu demonstrated that Pokémon can be successfully produced in semi-realistic CGI that doesn't feel too alien in a live situation. When Netflix's Pokémon program finally premieres on television in a few years, it will undoubtedly be a huge success, despite the fact that very little information about the series is now known, such as what region or characters may appear in it.
The renowned spy thriller by Tom Clancy will be available on Netflix as an animated series, with Derek Kolstad, the author of John Wick, overseeing the project. Variety reports that Netflix has signed the show to a two-season, 16-episode agreement. The show centers on Sam Fischer, a former Navy SEAL who now works for the CIA. It seems like Netflix can't get enough of animated series.
The first two games in the Splinter Cell series could be adapted as part of the show's original two-season deal, but there is a lot more source material that could be used. Expect to have to wait a year or two for this one; no cast members, narrative specifics, or release date have been announced.
Gears of War
An adult animation series and a live-action film, produced by Microsoft News that Netflix was creating two Gears of War-based projects with developer The Coalition coincided with the video game franchise's 16th anniversary in November 2022.
Beyond Good and Evil
Netflix has plans to adapt the popular Ubisoft game Beyond Good and Evil for the big screen in July 2020. Beyond Good and Evil on Netflix will be overseen by Rob Letterman, the showrunner of Detective Pikachu.Ubisoft Film & Television is being produced by Margaret Boykin and Jason Altman.
However, there hasn't been any fresh information about the project since July 2020, and the movie may be having similar problems as the game.
The announcement that a TV series based on the card game is coming was announced alongside the news that Netflix Games would be carrying a new version of the game through its gaming selection.
The King of the Hill creators, Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, were named executive producers of the TV adaptation project in April 2022. The showrunners are Shane Kosakowski and Matthew Inman.
Lara Croft, who will soon be featured on Netflix, is one of the most well-known video game characters. However, because Netflix's Tomb Raider will be an anime series, neither Alicia Vikander nor Angelina Jolie will be portraying Lara Croft in live-action this time. The writing for the series is finished, and Hayley Atwell, widely recognized for her portrayal of Peggy Carter in the MCU, will voice Croft, while Allen Maldonado will play Zip in the 'road trip adventure' that the show is characterized as.According to reports, the series will take place after the events of 2018's Shadow of the Tomb Raider and will try to fill in the gaps between the Survivor trilogy and the first Tomb Raider game, in which Lara is a seasoned tomb raider. The first season of the intended two-season run is expected to air in 2023.
A live-action version of The Division, which will allegedly resemble the game's premise, is another Tom Clancy project that Netflix is working on. Only a select handful of operators are allowed to enter the city to try to save potential survivors in the near-future New York shown in The Division, where a virus breaks out and civilization collapses. The Division is further advanced in development than Splinter Cell since it will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber of Red Notice and star Jessica Chastain, who just won an Oscar, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Though there is no specific date for release.
Dragon Age: Absolution
An animated series based on the fantasy role-playing game franchise Dragon Age is coming to Netflix in December 2022. The first season of the adaptation, which will include six episodes and be revealed during Netflix's Geeked Week in 2022, will take place independently from the events of the games and the preceding anime feature, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker. Similar to the strategy used with the current Arcane series, this divide between the canonical events of the Dragon Age video games and the program Dragon Age: Absolution will center on new characters and take place in the Tevinter Imperium, a setting that has only been alluded to in passing in the previous games.
When this live-action feature film was first revealed in March 2020, Ryan Reynolds was initially said to be joining the cast. The original game dates back to the 1980s and is regarded as a classic. Originally, Jon Pomeroy, Gary Goldman, and Don Bluth were also intended to serve as producers.
After nearly two years, there hasn't been much public progress on the project. Don Bluth helped fund an animated film on Indiegogo, but it hasn't yet appeared.
Far Cry and Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix
There will be an anime series based on the Far Cry series as well as what is technically a spin-off title that will have several Ubisoft licenses coming to Netflix as part of the various titles from Ubisoft.Adi Shankar, the film's producer, describes Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix as featuring split personalities of Ubisoft characters in a thoroughly cited tribute to the early '90s.
Additional adaptations of video games that Netflix has renewed:
Dota: Dragon's Blood Season 3: The epic fantasy series inspired by the Dota games Dota: Dragon's Blood will debut its third season on August 11 on Netflix, despite the fact that season 2 of the series only recently premiered there in January 2022.
Castlevania Spinoff: The first phase of the anime was completed with Castlevania season 4. For those who favored video games and anime, there is still hope. Castlevania: Nocturne, a spinoff, will be made available on Netflix as a result of the success of the original series. Nocturne has yet to be given a release date, despite the fact that Netflix unveiled a teaser, but it will center on Richter Belmont, a descendant of Trevor Belmont who lived in the 17th century.
Arcane Season 2: Netflix's first season of Arcane, which is placed in the same universe as League of Legends, was a huge success. Even though season 2's filming began in November 2021, Netflix won't release it until 2023.
The Witcher, Season 3: The Witcher is unquestionably the finest video game adaptation on Netflix thus far. Henry Cavill is playing the part of Geralt in The Witcher season 3; filming has already begun. The Witcher seasons 1 and 2 were released in December 2019 and December 2021, respectively; therefore, while a release date has not been set, one should expect it to occur in December 2023.