12 Movie- and TV-Tied Video Games We Can't Wait to Play

E3 has us clamoring for Star Wars, John Wick Hex, Stranger Things 3, and more – including Keanu Reeves in a starring role in Cyberpunk 2077. See the trailers and find out when they're being released

by | June 14, 2019 | Comments

Screencap of Cyberpunk 2077 video game, which stars Keanu Reeves as NPC Johnny Silverhand (CD Projekt Red)
(Photo by CD Projekt Red)

Every year in late spring, gamers and press from around the globe converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center to get a sneak peek of the latest and greatest video games being revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

For E3 2019 this week, heavy hitters Microsoft, Nintendo, and Ubisoft broke out the big guns for their latest projects, but a number of movie- and TV-based games have emerged as some of the week’s most promising prospects. Game developers no doubt hope to score the same sort of critical acclaim as last year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Here are 10 of those pop culture–centric projects — and two honorable mentions — that already have our thumbs twitching in anticipation!


Developer: BonusXP
Publisher: En Masse Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: July 4

Following their ravenous consumption of new Stranger Things episodes this summer, fans can dive deeper into the sci-fi horror series’ third season in a new game releasing day and date with the show. Featuring a charmingly retro visual style, complete with a pixel-perfect Sheriff Hopper, as well as solo and co-op play, Stranger Things 3: The Video Game invites fans to solve puzzles, battle supernatural baddies, and uncover Hawkins’ — and the Upside Down’s — darkest secrets.


Developer: Koei Tecmo Games, Team NINJA
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: July 19

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order easily earns its title, as it allows players to assemble teams of iconic characters from all corners of the Marvel Universe. Playing solo — or as part of a four-player super-team — fans can choose from nearly 40 characters, from the Avengers and Fantastic Four to the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy. Dynamic action-RPG gameplay, a gorgeous visual presentation, and an original Thanos-thwarting tale round out this fan-pleasing package.


Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Lionsgate Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: August 30

The future of the Blair Witch franchise might be in limbo, but the cult-favorite film series’ faithful followers can return to the Black Hills Forest this summer. A story-driven, psychological horror entry from the team behind the nerve-fraying Layers of Fear games, Blair Witch weaves a fresh, frightening tale, complete with shaky camcorder footage, atmospheric environments, and the sort of imagery that will take up permanent residence in your nightmares.


Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 15

Gaming’s latest take on the galaxy far, far away puts players in the role of Cal Kestis, a Padawan on the run from the Empire’s Jedi-hunting Inquisitors. Set shortly after the events of Episode III, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a single-player, story-driven action-adventure featuring familiar faces from both the light and dark sides, dynamic lightsaber combat, Stormtrooper-crushing Force powers, and an adorable companion droid that could top BB-8 on the cuteness scale.


Developer: Funsolve
Publisher: Outright Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: November 15

Landing ahead of the holiday season’s highly-anticipated Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel comes a new game based on the family-friendly franchise. Embracing the action, humor, and exotic environments of the films, the game features four-player co-op (both online and local) and a delightfully stylized take on the films’ colorful cast of characters.


Developer: Survios
Publisher: Survios
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Release Date: Fall 2019

Given virtual reality’s immersion-ratcheting nature, it’s not surprising so many game developers have leveraged the tech to scare the pants off players. The Walking Dead Onslaught aims to up the ante in this regard, putting brave fans face-to-rotting-face with the franchise’s brain-craving foes. Sporting visceral combat — supported by a “progressive dismemberment system” — and a new story, the game also puts players in the boots of their favorite survivors from the AMC series.


Developer: BonusXP
Publisher: En Masse Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: 2019

The Dark Crystal renaissance continues with a new game based on the cult-favorite film’s 10-episode prequel series set to hit Netflix this summer, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Dubbed Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, the title combines strategy-focused combat with deep role-playing game elements, all brought to life by a charming visual presentation that should please fans of the original Jim Henson– and Frank Oz–directed film.


Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: April 16, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t find its genesis in film and TV, but the title scores whoa! points for hiring thespian  Keanu Reeves to anchor the game. Reeves plays rocker Johnny Silverhand, a high-profile NPC who personifies the malware infecting the biochip in the player’s character. The Matrix trilogy star, just off Certified Fresh hit John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, is soon to appear in 2020 film Bill & Ted Face the Music. Plus, CD Projekt Red is the company behind the hugely popular Witcher video game series, which is being turned into a Netflix show starring Henry Cavill (Justice League).

Read Also: “Upcoming Video Game Movies and TV Adaptations”


Developer: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal
Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: May 15, 2020

Avengers Endgame has come and gone, but Marvel fans will get to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in this ambitious action-adventure from the folks behind the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. Whether saving the day solo or teaming up online with a co-op crew of four, players will unleash the skills and powers of Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, and the Hulk in a brand new, cinematic story that further expands on Marvel’s rich universe.


Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release Date: 2020
The enormously popular and prolific LEGO video game series kicked off with 2005’s LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game. That legacy now comes full-circle with the sprawling Skywalker Saga, a collection of nine brick-based games from a galaxy far, far away. On top of revisiting previously released entries based on Episodes 1-7, the Death Star–sized compilation — which will allow fans to begin the story at any point — brings The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker to block-y life for the first time.


Developer: Bithell Games
Publisher: Lionsgate Games, Good Shepherd Entertainment
Platforms: PC, (conoles TBA)
Release Date: TBA

If you were expecting a game based on the blockbuster John Wick franchise to be a brainless, button-mashing shooter, you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. A brilliant blend of gun-fu action and strategy, John Wick Hex will have players plan every trigger-pull behind each precision shot, just as the Baba Yaga would. Toss in a stylized visual presentation and universe-expanding story and this smart shooter is right on target. Players are the titular assassin, played by Keanu Reeves in the film franchise (no word on his participation here).


Developer: FromSoftware
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA

Another title not based on an existing film or TV property, this dark fantasy entry deserves a mention for George R.R. Martin’s involvement. A brand-new universe created by Game of Thrones mastermind Martin and From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice) Elden Ring has the potential to be a pretty big deal. At the very least, it gives Martin’ fans — patiently waiting for his next book and/or suffering withdrawals from HBO’s GoT conclusion — something new to obsess over.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

TLC Cannes historical drama Disney Channel 2020 2015 video natural history dogs dramedy HBO Max Martial Arts doctor who Rocky Marvel Studios Starz quibi technology Masterpiece IFC Spike 007 Amazon Prime Video politics social media aliens Crunchyroll CMT Marathons Sony Pictures TIFF Stephen King Amazon south america travel dc harry potter GIFs latino Pirates Food Network blockbuster Mystery game show Ghostbusters discovery Disney streaming service 20th Century Fox docudrama mockumentary History Shondaland game of thrones Turner Classic Movies ABC Family Set visit dragons GoT ITV Premiere Dates Spring TV Best and Worst Endgame cats LGBT space Television Academy kids FXX cops adaptation boxoffice Trivia Classic Film canceled Marvel Television period drama See It Skip It CBS 2018 Musical Sundance APB The Arrangement composers green book Logo Drama MCU Tubi zero dark thirty Rocketman halloween Academy Awards adventure TV Land werewolf Syfy renewed TV shows zombies The CW Anna Paquin 2016 sequel rotten movies we love Walt Disney Pictures blaxploitation casting cults Bravo Reality Competition YouTube Red ABC Sneak Peek theme song Writers Guild of America Esquire 71st Emmy Awards screenings NYCC Apple TV+ supernatural Superheroe Hallmark Christmas movies Chernobyl Music Certified Fresh Creative Arts Emmys Cosplay versus war movie First Look Trophy Talk DirecTV justice league A&E sports Pride Month Lucasfilm science fiction teaser Fox News zombie witnail Emmys CW Seed Summer disaster WarnerMedia comic cancelled television Spectrum Originals TNT El Rey Ellie Kemper Cartoon Network Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Film Showtime Countdown Pop YA spinoff vampires spanish language Arrowverse Oscars Epix DC Universe TCM children's TV tv talk Valentine's Day free movies canceled TV shows SDCC Acorn TV crime drama USA Network President reboot PBS Peacock sitcom CBS All Access Mindy Kaling Red Carpet stand-up comedy strong female leads singing competition American Society of Cinematographers RT History VH1 based on movie Netflix miniseries Lifetime Mary Poppins Returns Britbox joker foreign Binge Guide cancelled TV series Tarantino anime political drama Comedy Central name the review cancelled Freeform TBS Avengers Women's History Month spy thriller Film Festival dceu comiccon Black Mirror TCA 2017 cooking Disney Plus OneApp Turner Musicals Holidays USA Watching Series YouTube Premium AMC National Geographic Opinion Family book Netflix Christmas movies X-Men cartoon Teen Year in Review Schedule TCA Winter 2020 Amazon Prime binge Winter TV OWN slashers cancelled TV shows Action BET Comedy Rom-Com 45 ratings Baby Yoda 24 frames Awards Tour Tomatazos Fall TV jamie lee curtis medical drama Country Horror anthology Tumblr Mudbound BBC America Crackle Thanksgiving streaming facebook VICE WGN 21st Century Fox cinemax SXSW thriller Mary Tyler Moore Polls and Games true crime E3 2017 Photos Awards Shudder romantic comedy GLAAD comics screen actors guild toy story psycho sag awards crime thriller Amazon Studios mutant finale breaking bad Winners Christmas Discovery Channel PaleyFest Sci-Fi Nickelodeon DGA Star Trek documentary San Diego Comic-Con Hallmark MSNBC Fantasy BBC batman Paramount Network what to watch The Walking Dead hist Infographic richard e. Grant Comics on TV Marvel spain Biopics crossover Pixar Nominations police drama New York Comic Con E! Reality Toys HBO robots Super Bowl A24 indie CNN NBC DC streaming service Trailer Star Wars Sundance TV The Witch biography Holiday talk show Song of Ice and Fire Lifetime Christmas movies ESPN transformers TruTV Captain marvel Disney Pet Sematary Extras series RT21 elevated horror Adult Swim Podcast Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Vudu golden globes IFC Films Comic Book independent television cars psychological thriller movies Quiz Warner Bros. Superheroes award winner Election Disney+ Disney Plus The Purge Ovation MTV Brie Larson crime Hulu First Reviews YouTube Western TV Sundance Now Grammys Elton John Nat Geo revenge DC Comics TV renewals Universal Mary poppins LGBTQ 2019 christmas movies Dark Horse Comics Rock FOX Kids & Family unscripted festivals serial killer spider-man Apple FX Paramount TCA Apple TV Plus Animation Calendar hispanic nature Interview Character Guide Box Office ghosts Lionsgate directors romance SundanceTV animated diversity Columbia Pictures Emmy Nominations Video Games Heroines