All Of The Upcoming Video Game TV Shows Currently Announced

All Of The Upcoming Video Game TV Shows Currently Announced

From God of War to Splinter Cell, a huge list of video game franchises are being turned into TV shows

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Marcus Fenix holds an assault rifle in his hands while fires rage behind him.
Image: Microsoft / Xbox

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve most likely noticed that there are a lot of video game TV shows in the works. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we can’t go more than a week or two without another story or report about some video game getting a show on Netflix or Amazon Prime. And after looking around at all the shows coming down the pipeline, I’m here to confirm that, yes, there is indeed a shit-ton of video game shows coming to your TV screen over the next few years.

Just remember: A show can be greenlit, have a writer attached to it, and even start casting people but still never make it to your screen. Making TV shows and movies is hard and video game adaptations have a long track record of getting stuck in development hell. But even if only half of these are eventually made and released, we are still looking at a lot of new video game-inspired TV action.

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Resident Evil

Resident Evil

Resident Evil Netflix logo covered in blood and spit.
Screenshot: Netflix

Where: On Netflix
When: Out Now

Netflix’s Resident Evil is one of the few shows on this list with a definite release date, July 14. That’s not long from now. So what is this show and how does it differ from numerous Resident Evil films of the past, which were also based on the Capcom games? Resident Evil focuses on Albert Wesker, played by Lance Reddick, and his two daughters, Billie and Jade Wesker and will bounce between two timelines. It’s a weird setup, but sounds more intriguing than yet another live-action adaptation of Resident Evil 1 or 2. 

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Splinter Cell

Splinter Cell

Sam Fisher wearing his iconic green goggles from Splinter Cell.
Screenshot: Ubisoft

Where: On Netflix
When: TBA (Likely 2023)

Splinter Cell, currently the working title, is one of the many animated video game TV show adaptations on the list. Based on the popular Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell franchise, this new show is being written by Derek Kolstad, the creator behind the John Wick franchise. We don’t know much about this show, though we do know that it will be at least eight episodes, each episode will be about a half-hour and it will star Sam Fisher.

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The Last of Us

The Last of Us

Ellie and Joel looking at a plane crash as seen in the live action show.
Screenshot: Sony / HBO

Where: On HBO
When: 2023

HBO’s first TV series based on a game won’t be out until next year. But folks are already excited about the show, which stars the Mandolorian himself, Pedro Pascal as Joel, and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. The upcoming HBO drama is based on the events of the first game. Interestingly, two actors from the game will be appearing in the show, but only one of them, Merle Dandridge, will be reprising her role from the original game. Hollywood is a wacky place!

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Untitled Knuckles Spin-Off

Untitled Knuckles Spin-Off

Knuckles with his fists up, ready to fight as seen in the new Sonic live-action movie.
Screenshot: Sega / Paramount

Where: Paramount+
When: 2023

Paramount has had a lot of success with that first live-action Sonic film and signs are pointing towards the upcoming sequel also being a hit. So it seems only logical that Sega and Paramount not only have a third movie already planned, but also a live-action TV show spin-off. Idris Elba, who plays Knuckles in the upcoming film sequel, will return to voice the character in the still-untitled show.

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Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed

A viking warrior screams in battle while carrying two large axes.
Screenshot: Ubisoft

Where: Netflix
When: TBA

Assassin’s Creed is another Ubisoft franchise that Netflix is adapting into a live-action TV show. It’s being written by Jeb Stuart, who was the writer behind the original Die Hard screenplay. More interestingly, his most recent project was writing and creating the Vikings: Valhalla series. Is this an indication that the Netflix show might be based on the recent Viking-themed Assassin’s Creed game, Valhalla? Maybe, but we don’t know yet as Netflix has said little about the show’s plot or characters.

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Tomb Raider (Animated Project)

Tomb Raider (Animated Project)

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Screenshot: Square Enix

Where: Netflix
When: TBA

Tomb Raider has been adapted into a few live-action films, but now Netflix has plans to create something different. Its Tomb Raider adaptation will be an animated series that it describes as a “Japanese anime action series” that will also “explore new territory.” Lara Croft herself is being voiced by Hayley Atwell, who has appeared in the MCU as Peggy Carter. The animation studio behind this upcoming project is reportedly Powerhouse, the same team behind the popular Castlevania series on Netflix.

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Twisted Metal

Twisted Metal

Sweet Tooth, a demonic clown with fire for his hair, stands in front of an ice cream truck.
Screenshot: Sony

Where: Peacock
When: TBA

Of all the shows on this list, this is definitely the weirdest combo. A Twisted Metal show is already an odd idea and then having it air on NBC’s forgotten streaming service, Peacock, is even weirder. The show will star Anthony Mackie, best known for his role as Falcon in the MCU, who is playing a smartass milkman “who talks as fast as he drives.” He has no memory of his past and enters a deadly car combat tournament in hopes of finding the family he’s always wanted. And yes, Sweet Tooth will appear in the show

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Live-Action Pokémon Series

Live-Action Pokémon Series

Pikachu as seen in the the recent live-action film.
Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / Warner Bros.

Where: Netflix, reportedly
When: TBA, not officially announced yet

Variety first reported on this show last year, and since then we’ve heard… not much else. It’s yet to be officially announced by Netflix, but reportedly, Lucifer’s co-showrunner and executive producer, Joe Henderson, will write and produce the series. As of yet, there’s no release date information or any other concrete details. It will be a live-action series, likely using CGI Pokémon mixed with live-action actors, like the Detective Pikachu film.

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Fallout

Fallout

A power armor wearing soldier standing in a street from Fallout 4.
Screenshot: Bethesda

Where: Amazon
When: TBA

Announced back in 2020, Amazon and Bethesda are working together to create a live-action Fallout series based on the popular post-apocalyptic RPG franchise. According to a recent Deadline report, the show is entering production sometime this year. We don’t know what the storyline of the show will be or when it will be set in relation to past Fallout games, but we do know that Walter Goggins will be in at as-yet-unnamed Ghoul.

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Mass Effect

Mass Effect

Commander Shepard and his crew standing in front of space.
Image: Bioware / EA

Where: Amazon, reportedly
When: TBA

Bioware and EA have been trying to make a Mass Effect film for over a decade, but while that never happened, it appears that an Amazon-developed TV show is now in the works. This has yet to be confirmed by either EA or Amazon, but Deadline reported in November 2021 that Amazon was “nearing a deal to develop a series” based on the popular space RPGs. Beyond that, we don’t know much, so it will likely be a few years before this one ever sees the light of day.

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Cyberpunk Edgerunners

Cyberpunk Edgerunners

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Image: CD Projekt Red / Netflix

Where: Netflix
When: Out Now

Cyberpunk 2077 wasn’t as good as some folks wanted it to be, it launched in a terrible state on consoles and it had a messy and frustrating development cycle. But the universe it is set in, based on the original Cyberpunk 2020 TTRPG, is still interesting and worth exploring. So, luckily for folks who want more Cyberpunk action, Netflix is teaming up with Trigger for a new animated show, Edgerunners, connected to the game. It’s out later this year.

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God of War

God of War

An angry Kratos screaming outside during a snow storm.
Screenshot: Sony

Where: Amazon
When: TBA

After rumors and reports about this show popped up online earlier this year, Amazon and Sony confirmed its existence this summer. It’s assumed the show will be based on the recent, newer God of War games starring Kratos and his son Atreus. The show is reportedly being headlined by The Expanse creators and executive producers, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. No word on actors, release date, or storyline, but I expect Kratos will be angry and kill stuff in it. That’s like, his thing.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn / Forbidden West

Horizon: Zero Dawn / Forbidden West

Aloy stands with her bow in the clouds above a pack of robot dinosaurs.
Image: Sony / Guerilla Games

Where: Netflix

When: TBA

We still don’t know much about this upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation of the popular Horizon games. We do know that the main character of the show will be Aloy, who is also the main character in both Zero Dawn and its sequel, Forbidden West. To bring to life all the various robot monsters and creatures seen in the games, the show will be utilizingthe newest technologies” aka a lot of CGI, I assume. No release date for this one, yet.

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Gears of War

Gears of War

Marcus Fenix holds an assault rifle in his hands while fires rage behind him.
Image: Microsoft / Xbox

Where: Netflix
When: TBA

We have known for some time now that Microsoft has been trying to get a Gears of War movie off the ground, but it seemed to keep stalling out. But finally, on November 7, 2022, Netflix confirmed that it was working on a Gears of War movie and an “adult animated” show, too. We know basically nothing about what the movie or the TV show will be about (or when it will be released...) but I expect some guns and chest-high walls. Perhaps Dave Bautista will finally get to play Marcus Fenix after years of campaigning for it online.

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And a bunch of other adaptations!

And a bunch of other adaptations!

The two main characters from the game standing in front of mirror.
Screenshot: EA

There are even more TV shows based on games currently in some stage of negotiations or development. It Takes Two, Life Is Strange, A Plague Tale, and a new animated Sonic show are coming too.

Hopefully, some of these will be good! One can dream.

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