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Hollywood’s been cranking out bad video game–based movies for almost as long as Mario’s been trying to rescue Princess Peach. And while recent efforts, like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat, have offered some hope for the genre, others (sorry, Monster Hunter) suggest the curse if far from broken. But while our polygon heroes continue to flounder on the big screen, they’re quietly flourishing on Netflix.
Between Castlevania, Dragon’s Dogma, and The Witcher (technically based on the books that inspired the games, but still) the streamer has made this whole video-game-adaptation thing look easy. And they’re just getting warmed up, with several more live-action and animated projects in the pipeline. Other streaming platforms are getting in on the action, too, gobbling up gaming adaptations like a pellet-chomping Pac-Man.
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Dozens of these projects are in the works, but a number of them are in the very early stages of development – or, worse, stuck in development hell. But for every project that hasn’t offered a peep of fresh intel since 2020 (looking at you, Fallout, Diablo, and Cyberpunk 2077) there’s a series casting, shooting, or tackling post-production.
So whether you’re wondering when Halo’s Master Chief will finally bring the fight to the small screen or want to know what Splinter Cell’s long-neglected Sam Fisher is up to on Netflix, see below for a list of game-based shows coming soon to a streaming service near you.
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Castlevania’s fourth season put the final nail in the show’s coffin, but Netflix isn’t about to drive a stake through the successful franchise. While the popular animated adaptation won’t continue with a fifth season, it will enjoy immortality via an all-new spin-off series; in fact, the streamer has already outlined the premise: Set during the French Revolution, the show will star Richter Belmont, offspring of the original’s Trevor and Sypha (pictured). The whip-wielding monster hunter will be joined by fan-favorite character Maria Renard, presumably to thwart more evil.
Resident Evil fans still suffering nightmares from the recently released Village will want to brace themselves, as the survival horror series has more frights coming right around the corner. Netflix’s Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness hits July 8 with an all-new spine-tingling tale, set in a walking dead–infested White House. Unfolding between the game franchise’s 4th and 5th mainline entries, the CGI animated show stars zombie-slaying stalwarts Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield.
When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything. Resident Evil, a new live action series based on Capcom’s legendary survival horror franchise, is coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/XWh5XYxklD
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Like a virus unleashed by the evil-doing Umbrella Corporation, it seems Resident Evil is rapidly spreading through Netflix’s schedule. On top of July’s Infinite Darkness, the streamer is also hard at work on a live-action show based on the long-running survival horror franchise. The show will feature iconic sci-fi/fantasy character actor Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, the series’ recurring villain. Beyond Reddick’s role, a number of actors – Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Paola Nuñez, Siena Agudong, and Adeline Rudolph – have been cast to play yet-to-be-revealed characters.
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Splinter Cell fans have waited years to once again don the iconic night-vision goggles of series’ protagonist Sam Fisher. But while Ubisoft seems unwilling to confirm the next chapter of the beloved stealth-shooter, they have given the green-light to a promising animated series. Even better, our favorite Third Echelon agent is in good hands, as John Wick creator Derek Kolstad in onboard to write the show.
Anyone who braved 2017’s brutally challenging Cuphead probably wished they could enjoy more of its animation…when not having their butts handed to them by the game’s bosses. Heavily inspired by 1930s cartoons, like Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony shorts, it pleased the eyes as much as it blistered the thumbs. Netflix’s upcoming series recaptures that absorbing style, while introducing all-new adventures for porcelain siblings Cuphead and Mugman. Of course, it wouldn’t be Cuphead without some trouble, so King Dice – played by Wayne Brady – will also bring his signature blend of menace and charm.
With Giancarlo Esposito taking up the villain mantle in the upcoming Far Cry 6, the open-world, first-person shooter franchise has been enjoying more buzz than usual. It seems that trend will continue, as Netflix is prepping a pair of adult-aimed anime based on the series. While there’s little intel on the first adaptation – simply referred to as Far Cry – details have surfaced on the second project titled Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix. The second series is based on 2013’s Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, an over-the-top expansion with strong ’8os action-movie vibes.
Riot Games’ enormously popular multiplayer online battle arena (or MOBA) League of Legends is also set to make its streaming debut. After several delays, the animated adaptation, dubbed Arcane, is finally due to hit this fall. The fantasy-themed series unfolds in the game’s Piltover utopia, as well as its less appealing, underground counterpart Zaun. The show will flesh out the backstory of Jinx, a criminal from the latter region and one of the game’s fan-favorite champions.
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Based on Sony’s popular post-apocalyptic action-adventure, HBO’s The Last of Us looks more promising with each casting update. The live-action series will see The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal and Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey (pictured) tackle the roles of Joel and Ellie, as the grizzled father figure and tough teen trekking across an America that’s seen better days. On top of that perfect pairing, the show will star Merle Dandrige as Marlene, the same character she brilliantly voiced in the game.
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Despite a big budget and plenty of star-power, 2016’s Assassin’s Creed failed to break the game-to-film curse. Netflix’s upcoming live-action series aims to remedy this on a smaller screen. Details are guarded tighter than the games’ many ancient mysteries, but prolific writer-producer Jeb Stuart has been named show-runner. Coincidentally, Stuart’s also the creator of Netflix’s Vikings follow-up, Vikings: Valhalla – which actually has no relation to last year’s acclaimed game release Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.
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With Halo Infinite hitting this holiday season, , hype for the sci-fi, first-person shooter has been at an all-time high. Along with the building anticipation for Master Chief’s next interactive adventure, there’s fresh buzz surrounding the franchise’s long-in-development TV adaptation. It had already been reported that Pablo Schreiber would don the iconic Spartan armor, but the latest word is the series has found a new home at Paramount+, cementing that it’s not only still happening, but is due to land like a UNSC Dropship in 2022.
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With a sequel to 2018’s Alicia Vikander–starring Tomb Raider in the works, it looks like Lara Croft will continue chasing fortune and glory on the big screen. But the iconic adventurer is also spelunking on the small screen, with a planned Netflix anime series. The show won’t have any connection to Croft’s cinematic exploits, but will instead continue where the game series’ recent trilogy left off. Screenwriter Tasha Huo, who’s also working on The Witcher spin-off for the streamer, is producing and penning the show.
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A car combat game that piqued in popularity during the PlayStation 2 era might sound like an odd fit for a live-action series — until you hear its premise and pedigree. Produced in part by Arrested Development’s Will Arnett, Twisted Metal is taking the action-comedy route. Toss in the fact that it’s being penned by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and, well, it’s still weird, but in the best possible way.
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