I’m going to be honest with you: I love when movies and TV shows get released that are based on video games. I feel like recently we’ve seen an increase in the number of shows released based on games. It’s very clear to me that this is, in part, die to the increase in streaming services looking to make original content.
I was thinking about some of the upcoming projects I’m excited for and really wanted to share them with you!
5. Splinter Cell
Somehow I managed to miss the announcement for this show last month when it was revealed. I’m kind of surprised because I’m usually pretty good at being on top of these things. Regardless, I think that Splinter Cell is great property to turn into a series for Netflix.
I am surprised that they’re opting to go the anime route for a series like Splinter Cell, though I’m sure having the writer of the John Wick films attached is definitely going to benefit the series immensely. I’m a longtime fan of the Splinter Cell games dating all the way back to the PlayStation 2, so this is a show I’ll be sure to binge when it releases.
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t Ubisoft’s first television project. They also teamed up with Apple to bring a series called Mythic Quest to Apple TV+ and the show is pretty good. Honestly, though, at this point I’m just waiting for Ubisoft to drop a Mythic Quest game on Apple Arcade. Please!
Bethesda’s long running Fallout franchise is coming to Amazon Prime in the form of a new series and I’m really excited to see what it’s like. Fallout is a franchise that has a lot of great story potential, given how many Vaults and settlements there are — not to mention all the tales that could be set in the wastelands!
Hopefully if the series is a success, Bethesda will explore the option of potentially doing an Elder Scrolls series as well, though whether that would also be Prime-exclusive would be up for debate as Amazon is currently working on series based on The Lord of the Rings, potentially filling their fantasy quota, but you never know!
3. Resident Evil
I’ve been having a lot of trouble finding many concrete details about this series — everything I’ve seen has mostly been rumors and leaks. Still, Resident Evil is another franchise that’s ripe for a lot of great storytelling, due to the sheer size of the universe.
What I have been able to discover is some leaked plot details, that the show will be live action on Netflix, and that it is going to film in South Africa. Aside from the lack of an official announcement or casting details, I’d love to know if production has been delayed due to the pandemic. I’d assume so, but hopefully we’ll still find something out about this show in the near future.
2. Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
Netflix has done a pretty great job when it comes to releasing anime content. I’ve really been enjoying Castlevania so I was really excited when I saw that Cyberpunk 2077 (which I hope will get released at some point) is getting an anime in 2022!
The press release for the series notes that it will tell “a standalone, 10-episode story about a street kid trying to survive in a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future. Having everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner—a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.”
I’m still very much on the hype train for Cyberpunk 2077 and I’m hoping the game is good enough to stick with me until the anime comes out. While not directly based on the games, Netflix has already adapted The Witcher into a live action series that was really good. I can only hope that kind of quality will transfer through to an anime, with CD Projekt Red involved!
1. The Last of Us
This is, admittedly, the series on this list that I’m most excited to see. The Last of Us was announced by HBO and will be a retelling of the events of the first game. The game’s creative director Neil Druckmann is involved in the series, meaning that it really will be an enhancement to the story — not some kind of hack job like we’ve seen with other video game television series.
I do think HBO is the best network for this one as The Last of Us is not a story that should be sanitized. HBO isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty when it comes to blood and gore and that’s a big win for this project.
Still, I did play The Last of Us for the first time just a few months ago and I will say that for this series, the violence should come second to story. For all the action that exists in the game, it’s clear to me that the story is the number one priority and that has to remain true here. It can’t just be gore for the sake of gore.
What show on this list are you most excited about? Is your most anticipated gaming show something I didn’t mention here? Sound off in the comments below!