Video games can tell stories through their gameplay that are just as, if not more, captivating and immersive than TV shows and movies. And now, many video game developers and TV producers are turning some of the most beloved game franchises into TV shows.
After the success of recent television series on video games, such as the witcher and Riot’s Esoteric (based on League of Legends), there seem to be plenty more out there looking to bring video game stories to TV platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
We’ve scoured the web for every popular video game currently rumored or revealed. I’m sure there are several more video game TV series to come. So let us know in the comments below if we missed any big ones.
Here are all the video games that are made into TV series
There’s a big roster of iconic gaming series turned into TV shows, so strap in and let’s get to it.
To kick off this list, we’re next resident Evil series is coming to Netflix. And this show is coming very soon, with a release date of July 14 this year. the resident Evil The television series follows the Wesker children and their journey through New Raccoon City.
resident Evil has seen its fair share of screen time across films. But this is the first time the popular video game franchise will have its own TV show.
The last of us
Then there’s the highly anticipated series based on the incredibly popular The last of us franchise by Naughty Dog. The show will follow the series’ main protagonists, Joel and Ellie, as they rely on each other to navigate the post-apocalyptic United States.
HBO is supposed to come out The last of us TV series running in 2023. As for video games, The last of us has a seemingly brilliant plot for a TV show. So we have high hopes for this one.
Netflix has announced plans for a TV series based on the popular Assassin’s Creed video game franchise back in October 2020. Like many shows on this list, the COVID pandemic has caused this project to be delayed. And it’s unclear when it will make its way to the streaming app.
the initial agreement between the two companies was for a live-action show, an animated show, and an animated series based on the franchise. But it’s unclear if all three will materialize.
Pokemon Live Action
Not much is known about the upcoming series other than the identity of the writer and producer of the series. Joe Henderson, who is the favorite of another Netflix show, Lucifer, will take on the role of writer and producer in the Pokémon television series.
Next on the list is a wacky concept that I certainly didn’t expect. In February 2021, it was revealed that a show based on the vehicular combat classic twisted metal was in preparation at Sony.
Initially, I wasn’t too excited about a twisted metal To display. TV shows about video games tend to drop or miss, and twisted metal seems like an odd premise for a show. But, it’s said to be an action-comedy starring Anthony Mackie, so there could be potential for a successful show there.
There isn’t much information about the show other than a recent revelation that it will be available on Peacock.
Spinoff of Knuckles
The sequel to the movie 2020 sonic the hedgehog is should hit theaters soon. In a trailer for the film, Knuckles, a character familiar to fans of the series, makes his debut as a new villain for Sonic.
And the show’s creators have confirmed that Knuckles will be getting his own TV series on Paramount+.
The studio revealed its plans for the series in a tweet a few months ago. It will star Idris Elba, who plays the antagonist in the upcoming sonic the hedgehog 2 film. It has an expected release date of 2023 on Paramount+, but we all know how expected release dates work these days.
Netflix surprised fans of the Burst cell series with the revelation of a neighbor animated television series based on the video game in June 2021. We don’t know much about the series except that the show’s favorite will be Derek Kolstad, who created the John Wick series.
Like many of the TV shows mentioned in this list, it’s unclear exactly when the Burst cell show will make its way to our screens.
the Fall The TV series is currently in production at Amazon. We still don’t know anything about the plot or setting of the series or the release date.
What we do know is that Amazon Studios has its work cut out to develop one of the most beloved game franchises into a TV series adaptation.
cyberpunk edge runners
After the eventful release of CD Projekt Red’s latest title, Cyberpunk 2077, the company announced plans to release a anime spin-off based on the game. The series will revolve around a teenage “edgerunner”, or outlaw mercenary, who does what he has to to survive.
CD Projekt Red has announced the next show in 2020 alongside the release of the game. cyberpunk edge runners is still slated for a Netflix release sometime in 2022.
The Witcher: Origin of Blood
After the first success of the witcher series on Netflix, the company has signed on to develop a spin-off of the series. The Witcher: Origin of Blood gives an origin story of the Witcher fraternity. It will take place 1,200 years before the story of Geralt de Riv.
the witcher The TV show proves that this video game franchise is great for television. With a bit of luck, The Witcher: Blood Origin has the same feeling.
Like the original series, The Witcher: Origin of Blood will be based on the fantasy novel series by Andrzej Sapkowski. However, the television adaptation will surely have its own twist. Netflix plans to release the series in 2022.
God of the war
Next on the list is another pickup from Amazon Studios. Amazon recently entered into negotiations to bring a live-action adaptation of the incredibly popular God of the war franchise on the big screen.
God of the war is one of the flagship franchises on PlayStation consoles, and its games are extremely popular. The games follow the ancient Spartan warrior, Kratos, on various quests that see him do battle against all sorts of different gods.
We know nothing of the plot or setting of the God of the war TV show. But we know there are tons of sources to tap into. If done correctly, God of the war could be an epic fantasy show like we’ve never seen before.
Lara Croft is no stranger to the big screen. grave robber first hit the big screen over 20 years ago. Since that time, the franchise has seen a handful of games, including one recent trilogy which became a huge hit.
And it’s the basis of an upcoming animated film grave robber Adaptation of TV series on Netflix. The developers of the latest trilogy, Crystal Dynamics, are teaming up with Legendary Television to bring an anime-style program to Netflix.
The show will pick up where the last trilogy left off, with events following shortly after. Like most entries on this list, we don’t know exactly when this show is coming, so keep your eyes peeled.
Animated Sonic Prime
And to wrap up our list of upcoming video game TV shows, we have the next Prime Sonic animated series is expected to arrive on Netflix this year.
After the success of sonic the hedgehog film revitalized the franchise on the big screen in 2020, Netflix signed a deal to bring a new animated show, sonic prime, to its platform.
We don’t know exactly when the show will be released. But Netflix says it will arrive in 2022.
And much more
And several more TV shows based on video games are currently in the works. There is a live action show in the works based on The next pirate game from Ubisoft, Skull and bones. And the classic shooter, Brothers in arms, gets her own tv showalthough the details are still quite limited.
Plus, some classic RPGs may be making their TV debut soon. Sony unveiled an upcoming live action Final Fantasy TV series Few years ago. And Bioware’s beloved Mass Effect the franchise gets its own show on Amazon.
As you can see, tons of video games are currently being adapted into television series. Like many other industries, the COVID pandemic has hit the television industry hard. Thus, the current status of many of these titles is still up in the air.
We all know it’s pretty easy to turn a video game into a pretty abysmal representation on the TV screen. Hopefully at least some of these shows stay true to their essence and provide an entertaining experience for gamers who love these games.
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