The adaptation of video games into TV series seems for several years to have become the new eldorado for producers in search of content diversification and the opportunity to create an extended universe for development studios. Let’s stop, for a moment, on the phenomenon and all the adaptation projects while the announcements are flourishing.
Video games in TV series: the projects deployed are accelerating
Jumping from one screen to another is not new when it comes to adapting a film in video game, to prolong the experience or, conversely, to take a new look at a video game franchise that would become a feature film. On the other hand, it appears that the adaptation of games into television series is gradually becoming a phenomenon which it is worth looking into. Sometimes intertwined, as in Quantum Break, the two genres tend to want to complement each other in the years to come. If Microsoft plays the card of caution regarding the adaptation of its licenses, others are launching.
In recent weeks, you have certainly been able to notice the increase in articles on the site, including the title is “such license will be entitled to an adaptation in TV series”. A trend that seems to be on the rise as development studios seem attracted to pushing their licenses to new horizons. In order to see more clearly, this file will allow you to find all the television series projects directly inspired by recent video game franchises.
TV series currently being broadcast
The Witcher – Netflix
What is it about? Worn by the famous Henry Cavill, known for his incarnation of Superman, the fantasy-medieval series tells the adventures of monster hunter Geralt de Riv in a dark world, plagued by chaos. Broadcast from 2016, the Netflix blockbuster marks, in a way, the gateway from video games to the small screen. Certainly, purists will recall that the video game itself is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Andrzej Sapkowski and they will be completely right. However, it is thanks to the success of CD Projekt’s game that the series was able to see the light of day and that it had a second season.
Netflix series The Witcher: a first long teaser
The Cuphead Show – Netflix
What is it about ?
The mischievous Mugman and Cuphead, two little mugs on legs, live crazy adventures that will lead them to meet the devil himself. Announced in 2016 and produced by Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, to whom we owe the eponymous video game, the series respects the codes set up by the franchise: namely incredible situations and a cartoonish style that furiously recalls the first cartoons of the years 1930.
Inspired by the game: Cuphead
The Cuphead Show series is available on Netflix
Series coming soon!
Halo – Paramount +/Canal Plus
What is it about? If there is a franchise that has kept people waiting, it is good Halo. Originally conceived as a film project, Halo – The TV Series was announced… In 2013, at the same time as the XboxOne! The idea was launched following the success of Forward Unto Dawn, the mini-series serving as a promotional campaign for Halo 4. The film project having been shelved, the TV series was at the heart of Microsoft’s plans, which had just announced branch out into television production through its defunct Xbox Entertainment Studios. Steven Spielberg should have been part of the project before disappearing from the plans. Ridley Scott then produced another miniseries, Nightfall, available with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The real series, she returned to the front of the stage in 2018 and is about to be broadcast, on 14 next March on Canal Plus, in France. An obstacle course to arrive at the final result, a Master Chief embodied by Pablo Schreiber evolving in a timeline parallel to the games that we are however promised faithful to the franchise.
Inspired by the game: Halo: The Master Chief Collection
The Halo TV series gets a new trailer before its release
Resident Evil – Netflix
Enough to does it speak? Netflix makes the takeover bid on video game franchises and offers a live adaptation of the Resident Evil saga after an animated version released in 2022. Taking place in 2077, it will follow the adventures of Albert Wesker’s daughters, Jade and Billie, in what remains of a world ravaged by a deadly virus. Unrelated to the films of recent years, the series will be available exclusively on the SVOD platform on 24 next July.
Inspired by the game: Resident Evil Zero HD
Resident Evil : a TV series announced and broadcast on Netflix!
Tekken: Bloodline – Netflix
What is it about ? Fight! The combat license is exported to the small screen and will follow the adventures of the charismatic Jin Kazama in his quest for revenge. The young Jin will not be the character we know well through the games of the franchise since we will follow his beginnings as a fighter. The trailer allows us to glimpse several famous characters like Heihachi Mishima and Netflix announces a release for this year, in 2036.
Tekken: an animated series on Netflix announced on video
Cyberpunk Edgerunners – Netflix
What is it about? CD Projekt, the Polish studio behind the game Cyberpunk 2077, saw things in a big way for its new license: between console and exclusive collector accessories on Xbox, partnerships of all kinds and derivative products, we can say that there is an obvious desire to develop ppe this universe. This is the subject of this series, announced before the release of the game, highlighting a street child who tries to make his way through a corrupt city where technology and physical augmentations have taken a central place in the heart of the society. Release planned for this year.
Inspired by the game: Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk Edgerunners: The Series Netflix in episodes will exit as 2077 !
ARK The Animated Series
What is it about ? The exclusive Xbox Series X|S will be entitled to an animated series. Soberly titled “Ark The Animated Series”, it will tell the adventures of a paleontologist having to survive in a hostile land where extinct creatures return to populate our world. Still scheduled for 2036, like the eponymous game, the series also promises a strong cast with the presence of Vin Diesel or even Russel Crowe.
Inspired by the game: ARK 2
The Ark animated series shows itself in a trailer and reveals its cast
Series in the writing or production phase
A Plague Tale
What is it about ? The adventures of Amicia and her little brother Hugo in a dark medieval-fantasy universe have marked many players and critics around the world. From the French studios of Asobo, the game awaits its sequel, A Plague Tale: Requiem, still planned for this year and directly available in the Xbox Game Pass! The series, meanwhile, will soon enter production and will be co-produced by Focus Entertainment, the game’s publisher. Director Mathieu Turi (Hostile, 2017) will be supported by Merlin Production, whose director Fabrice Renault seems delighted to have been awarded the project design: “It is fundamental for me that our productions reflect French talents and know-how. A Plague Tale is a game designed in Bordeaux by Asobo that we produce with a company based in Paris; its creators had the opportunity to sell the adaptation in the United States, but they preferred to work with French people: I want to give them back that trust”. Case “rat-follow”!
Inspired by the game: A Plague Tale: Requiem
A Plague Tale TV series officially announced
Fallout – Amazon Prime
What’s it about? Inspired by the Bethseda franchise and announced in 2020, the Fallout series has just been talked about again since it will soon enter production this year and will welcome actor Walter Goggins (The Shield , Justified). Adapted by Jonathan Nolan (Westworld, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Westworld) who will take care of the production, the now Xbox Game Studios franchise promises us a “massive, subversive and darkly funny universe”.
Inspired by the game: Fallout 4
Fallout TV series on Amazon Prime will go into production in 2021
Splinter Cell – Netflix
What is it about? An official image and it is all. Netflix is not very talkative about the adventures of a Sam Fisher who appears to be aging. Screenwriter Derek Kolstad (John Wick) is at the helm of this animated project, of which we know neither the context nor the date of exit. We will therefore still have to wait or take advantage of existing video game opuses to see the famous undercover agent of Ubisoft on our screens.
Inspired by the game: Splinter Cell
The first image of the Splinter Cell series on Netflix has just arrived
Tomb Raider – Netflix
What is it about ? The most famous video game heroine is about to land on Netflix soon. With the exception of the fact that it will be based on the most recent trilogy to date, that of Square Enix, the adventures of Lara Croft are still mysterious. We know, however, that it will be an animated series produced by the Powerhouse studio (Castlevania) and that the young Lara will be played by actress Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Black Mirror). Thanks to her varied extended universe, the character of Lara Croft has already known a thousand and one lives, between games, films, comics… It is now time for the icon to embark on a new adventure!
Inspired by the game: Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider: Netflix and Powerhouse team up for an animated series
Sonic Prime – Netflix
What is it about? Another video game icon, and not the least, Sonic is also set to relive animated adventures exclusively on Netflix. SEGA’s blue hedgehog is enjoying a renewed aura thanks to the success of his first feature film and while the second is expected for April 6 in dark rooms. Sonic will be entitled to 37 episodes in whom “the fate of a strange new multiverse rests in his gloved hands. Sonic’s adventure is more than a race to save the universe, it’s a journey of self-discovery and redemption. There is currently no indication whether this production will be linked to Sonic Frontiers. The series will be co-produced by SEGA, Wild Brain studios and Man of Action (Ben 10) and streamed on Netflix in 2022.
Inspired by the game: Sonic Frontiers
Sonic Prime: a TV series announced by Netflix
Mass Effect – Amazon Prime
From what is it talking about? The Mass Effect trilogy, to which we must add the Andromeda episode, offers a rich science-fiction universe that leaves the spotlight to explore. The games developed by BioWare are deep enough, in their artistic direction as scriptwriting, to offer television content. Amazon Prime has officially positioned itself on the franchise and is currently working on adapting it for its SVOD platform.
Inspired by the game : Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Mass Effect: a live action series for Amazon Prime is in preparation
Assassin’s Creed – Netflix
What is it about ? Like the Mass Effect franchise, the Assassin’s Creed saga has an extended universe that is rich and complex enough to be able to hope to draw quality video content from it. A first attempt, rather mixed, had seen the light of day in 2016 on large screens. The feature film featured actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Alien, 300) embodying a new Assassin, Callum Lynch. Little information at the moment except that Netflix owns the adaptation rights since an agreement signed in 2021.
Inspired by the game: Assassin’s Creed
Assassin’s Creed: a Netflix series in production
Skull and Bones
What is it about? The game was announced in 2017 by Ubisoft. A TV series was however announced two years later, in 2020, while the game is still not available! Is this proof of the potential of the piracy license? Nothing is less certain at the present time. Little information since this announcement except that it would be a drama that will take place on the lawless border of the Indian Ocean during the end of the golden age of piracy in the years 944.
Inspired by the game: Skull & Bones
Ubisoft Announces Skull & Bones TV Series
Battlefield – Paramount +
What is it about ? Dice’s FPS have explored various conflicting eras and contexts, ranging from World War I to an anticipated future. An ideal setting for developing a television series! In any case, this is what EA plans to do since 2017. Rather discreet, the production in charge of the adaptation has not communicated since.
Inspired by the game: Skull & Bones
Battlefield coming soon TV with Paramount Television
What is it about ? Remedy’s video game productions are renowned for their cinematic aspect. Therefore, in 2018, the studio had officially announced its intention to bring one of its flagship licenses to the small screen. Recounting the misadventures of a tortured screen faced with his own work, the game has great potential for adaptation. Since the announcement of the series, Alan Wake 2 was presented to the public and probably relegated the series to the background. Provisionally?
Inspired by the game: Alan Wake
Alan Wake: a TV series announced in collaboration with Sam Lake from Remedy
Child of Light
What is it about? The enchanting world depicted in Child of Light wasn’t enough for you? For Ubisoft, the reflection is the same: announced in 2018, it will be written by rookie writer Tasha Huo and will be offered… In live-action ! An astonishing choice when the graphic touch of this platform game was its strong point. It will probably be an adaptation of the adventures of Aurora, the original character in search of her home world and forced to explore the darker one of Lemuria. The project has been in total silence since its announcement.
Inspired by the game: Child of Light
Ubisoft – A Child of Light series and a Werewolf film Within in preparation
Rumours and indiscretions
The previously mentioned projects are either being written or in the production phase. In any case, they result from official announcements from publishing studios or television content production companies. However, there are other projects, rumored or unconfirmed, which could also dare to take the plunge on the small screen.
The most recent rumors concern the media Elden Ring . With an undeniable commercial success of more than 12 millions of copies sold worldwide, the souls-like could be adapted into a TV series… Or something else! It is in any case a door opened by Hidetaka Miyazaki, CEO of From Software studios.
Another license concerned by the rumor of an adaptation, and not the least, it is about Dishonored. In any case, this is what an internal source from the Giant Freakin Robot site would have revealed. Still more likely, the next adaptation of Destiny from Bungie studios. Recently integrated into Sony’s internal studios, the teams behind the Halo franchise could benefit from the cinematic expertise of the Japanese to expand the Destiny universe.
Not announced at time Currently, a collaboration between Netflix and Bethesda could concern the adaptation in TV series of the franchise The Elder Scrolls. The first indiscretions would even speak of a budget as large as that of the series The Witcher. Netflix, which seems to be positioning itself seriously on the adaptation of video games into TV series, would even be at work on Gears Of War, or at least would plan to do so. Two major licenses from the Xbox Game Studios catalog which would therefore be potential targets, and certainly not the last, of the American entertainment giant.
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