Top 10 Upcoming Netflix Video Game Series



Top 10 Upcoming Netflix Video Game Series

VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci WRITTEN BY: Johnny Reynolds
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Upcoming Netflix Video Game Series. Netflix is going all in on video game TV adaptations. So for this list, we'll be looking at the most exciting prospects in the works at the streamer. Our countdown includes "Cyberpunk: Edgerunners" (2022), "Resident Evil" (2022), "The Cuphead Show!" (2022), "Tomb Raider" (TBD), and more!
Script written by Johnny Reynolds

#10: “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” (2022)

“Cyberpunk 2077” was not the game we all thought it would be. The anticipated RPG from CD Projekt Red came with numerous technical issues depending on which platform you played it on. And it burned a lot of the developer’s good will. However, the world of Night City can still be a fascinating one. Announced in June of 2020, “Edgerunners” will focus on the entirely new story of a street kid turned mercenary. The animated series is a collaboration between Netflix, CD Projekt Red, and renowned anime producer Studio Trigger. “Kill la Kill’s’ Hiroyuki Imaishi will direct while “Silent Hill’s” Akira Yamaoka will compose its score. We haven’t gotten many updates since its announcement. But the talent attached definitely has us excited.

#9: “Hyper Light Drifter” (TBD)

Adi Shankar is making a name for himself as a producer of great video game adaptations. He worked on Netflix’s excellent “Castlevania” series and shows no signs of slowing down. In 2019, it was announced that he’d be bringing indie darling “Hyper Light Drifter” to Netflix with game creator Alx Preston. The game follows the Drifter, a swordsman suffering from an unknown illness that battles hordes of monsters. Preston drew from his struggles with heart disease as inspiration. But the game also draws from “A Link to the Past” and Studio Ghibli’s “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.” Though we’ve yet to catch a glimpse of it, the limited animated series sounds like it will be action-packed yet emotionally resonant.

#8: “The Witcher: Blood Origin” (TBD)

While Netflix’s “The Witcher” is more an adaptation of the book series, it’s impossible to separate it now from CD Projekt Red’s monumental games. Announced in July of 2020, this prequel mini-series will show the creation of the first Witcher 1,200 years before the events of the main show. Fans should expect some interesting world lore as we’ll see a prominent Elven population and the Conjunction of Spheres, a cataclysmic event that brought monsters into the dimension. Declan de Barra, a writer on “The Witcher” is serving as showrunner. Relative newcomer Sophia Brown leads the cast, which includes the always awesome Michelle Yeoh. There’s no definitive release date, but filming wrapped in November 2021.

#7: “Pokémon” (TBD)

No, this isn’t another in the long line of animated “Pokémon” shows. In July of 2021, Netflix announced it was working on a live-action series based on the beloved pocket monsters. We still don’t know anything about the plot as the project was in early development when it was announced. But Netflix is reportedly following in the footsteps of “Detective Pikachu” in how to bring the little creatures to life. As one of the most successful video game adaptations yet, we’d say that’s a smart call. “Lucifer” showrunner Joe Henderson is also said to be attached. But it will probably be a while before we hear anything else about this project.

#6: “Resident Evil” (2022)

“Resident Evil” has been getting a lot of love lately with various adaptations. Netflix released an animated series titled “Infinite Darkness” in 2021. And 2022 will see the platform release a live-action show with a twist on a familiar character. The story will follow villain Albert Wesker after he moves his two daughters to Raccoon City. By jumping across two timelines, we’ll see the onset of the T-Virus as well as the outcome. Andrew Dabb, writer and producer on “Supernatural,” will act as showrunner. Lance Reddick, gaming royalty to fans of “Destiny” and “Horizon: Zero Dawn,” leads the cast as the iconic bad guy. We’re all for a new take on his horror classic.

#5: “Devil May Cry” (TBD)

While “Devil May Cry” already received an animated show in 2007, the series’ incredible style begs for another one. The project is another in production from Adi Shankar, who announced it in 2018. Word was quiet for a while until November 2021, when Shankar announced that the scripts for the eight-episode first season were complete. It won’t enter production until 2022, but it has a multi-season arc planned. While he hasn’t given away any story details, he did say that fan favorites Vergil and Lady would appear alongside Dante. We don’t mind waiting a bit longer. And if it captures anything like the sleek violence of “Castlevania,” we’ll be more than happy.

#4: “Assassin’s Creed” (TBD)

We were all burned by the live-action movie, but that doesn’t mean an “Assassin’s Creed” adaptation can’t work. Ubisoft and Netflix announced a partnership in October of 2020 that will attempt another live-action adaptation, only this time it will be a TV series. The deal will also lead to animated projects down the line. While no story details for the first series have been revealed, Jeb Stuart will write and serve as showrunner. Stuart previously wrote several action thrillers like “Die Hard” and “The Fugitive,” though more recently created Netflix’s upcoming “Vikings: Valhalla.” A TV series is a much better fit to explore the historically rich franchise, so we can’t wait to see what Netflix cooks up.

#3: “Tomb Raider” (TBD)

As one of gaming’s most recognizable heroines, Lara Croft has branched out to movies, shows, comics, and novels. In January of 2021, Netflix announced it was going to take a stab at the world of “Tomb Raider.” The animated series has made steady progress since then. The story is set after Square Enix’s reboot trilogy that ended with 2018’s “Shadow of the Tomb Raider.” Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Netflix’s own “Castlevania” and “Blood of Zeus,” will work on the show. Tasha Huo, writer of the upcoming “Red Sonja” reboot, will write and serve as showrunner while “Sonic the Hedgehog’s” dj2 Entertainment produces. Last but certainly not least, Hayley Atwell, known for playing Peggy Carter in the MCU, will voice the icon.

#2: “The Cuphead Show!” (2022)

With its graphics inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, “Cuphead” seemed a prime choice for adaptation. That’s exactly what Netflix thought as well and the streamer announced its plans in July of 2019. The show follows Cuphead and his brother Mugman as they attempt to collect souls for the Devil to pay off their own debt. Since the show’s announcement, we’ve gotten a handful of delightful screenshots and a teaser that revealed Wayne Brady as the voice of King Dice, one of the game’s antagonists. As one of the only Netflix game adaptations with a release window, we’re ecstatic to revisit Inkwell Isle in 2022. All the charm without the stressful boss fights. Sign us up.

#1: “Castlevania” Spin-Off (TBD)

The “Castlevania” series is one of the best video game adaptations ever. That may not say much, but it’s got terrific fight sequences and incredibly deep characters, all held up by fantastic, Japanese-inspired animation. Though the series has ended, “Castlevania” will continue on. Netflix announced a spin-off series in June 2021. It will be set during the French Revolution in 1792 and will follow Richter Belmont and Maria Renard. Those of us who have played “Rondo of Blood” are thrilled about the choice of protagonists. But we’re also hoping the spin-off pulls from that game’s sequel, the cherished “Symphony of the Night,” which saw Alucard return. Regardless, if it’s anything like the first series, this will be a bloody good time.