TV shows based on video games to expect
The entertainment industry has always turned books and comics into movies and TV shows with varying levels of success. Lately we are seeing more and more movies and TV shows based on popular video games. We have seen many successful films and many that have failed.
However, I personally believe that the time constraint of a feature film or movie does not allow for the level of storytelling that we gamers are used to and expect from our favorite video games. I am a big fan of TV shows because this is where the stories can be developed in detail.
Most of the video games we love are the ones that require us to engage in the story for long periods of time. TV shows have a long nature better suited to the stories of most video games. I watched and loved The Walking Dead, and I didn’t even realize it was game-based until much later. Recently, shows like The Witcher, Dragon’s Dogma and Castlevania have also gained popularity.
There are several more video game projects on TV going on, and here are some of the ones that I look forward to the most for this coming year.
The CupHead Show!
There is something to be said for the nostalgia and the simpler graphics. The Cuphead Show! is based on the 2017 hit game of the same name and follows the adventures of siblings Cuphead and Mugman. While the game was brutally difficult, the animation and artwork was cute, inspired by 1930s Walt Disney, something that can easily be created at home with Adobe Photoshop 7.0.
The Animated Web TV Series is created for Netflix and produced by MDHR Studio and King Features Syndicate. It’s slated for release in early 2022, but you can see leaked footage from the first four episodes of The Cuphead Show! in line.
The Resident Evil franchise has kept audiences engaged in a bloody and gritty assault of flesh-eating zombies since 2002. While critics have never been overly friendly when it comes to the franchise, no one can deny that Resident Evil is the one. Most successful video game franchise, with 6 live action movies and 3 animated films released from 2002 to 2017.
Another live-action movie, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is set to launch in November 2021, and an animated TV series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, has just been released on Netflix. But the episode I’m most waiting for is the live-action series titled simply Resident Evil which is due out on Netflix soon. The show will star Lance Reddick as the series’ regular villain, Albert Wesker.
Anime Tomb Raider
Lara Croft is one of the most iconic characters to ever come out of a video game. Since the game’s release in 1996, the Tomb Raider franchise has seen a handful of movies and comic book spinoffs.
This year, Tomb Raider is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be launching an animated TV series on Netflix. The show is not intended to be a continuation of the story that made up the films, but rather to continue the storyline where the game series left off.
With the success of these franchises, there is hope for developers like me to create a game that can enjoy similar fame (and fortune). In the meantime, I will be downloading game development apps from Enter the PC, work on my skills and dream of my pet project one day making it onto Netflix.
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