Today, Summer Game Fest teamed up with Netflix to discuss and reveal video game-based shows coming to the livestream service. There was a lot to go over, even thought news on each project was limited at best. Hell, we only got logos for two of the announcements. In lieu of bringing you a dozen more articles of “this is happening, but we have nothing else to say,” we decided to consolidate all the reveals. During Netflix Geeked Week today, we learned about The Witcher season two, WitcherCon, as well as projects involving Cuphead, Castlevania, and more.
These will be brief. However, we’ll include as much information as we can.
Arcane – League of Legends
We heard about Arcane, the animated show based on League of Legends, earlier this year. The television spin-off is set to star Jinx, a champion from the game. In League of Legends, Jinx is weapon user who loves explosions. She’s a bit of a shadier character though, labeled a criminal in the LoL lore. Arcane looks to delve deeper into her complex backstory, so expect plenty of drama and/or yelling. And probably both in good measure. “Jinx has something to prove, especially to her sister,” reads the show description. Arcane is set to land on Netflix this fall.
Cuphead animated series brings in Wayne Brady to voice King Dice
Netflix Geeked Week dropped a brief teaser for the upcoming Cuphead animated series. It was revealed that it’s bringing in Wayne Brady to voice the in-game villain King Dice. Brady has had a long career in television, working on shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Wayne Brady Show. In Cuphead, he plays as King Dice who, in the teaser clip, is hosting a game show of sorts.
Far Cry will get two shows
This is the second Ubisoft-owned property that is getting the Netflix treatment. And it’s the only property to have two shows coming to the service. The publisher is collaborating with Netflix on a Far Cry anime, but only a logo for it was shown. There’s no information on if it’ll be based on an existing Far Cry game, or be something entirely new.
However, the second show is based on a known game. Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix is a synth-fueled spin-of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (which was also a spin-off). Laserhawk doesn’t have a release window yet, but it should be soon. Netflix confirmed that the show will run for six episodes, and stars Dolph Laserhawk — an enhanced soldier with a robotic right arm that turns into a gun. Honestly, it’s looking like it’ll be a lot of fun.
More Castlevania is always good news
The fantastic Castlevania show ended its run recently on Netflix. It was comprised of four seasons full of bloodshed, swearing, and some wonderfully dry humor, sprinkled with hope. However, Netflix isn’t done with Konami’s famous property yet. When the initial run of the show was ending, the streaming giant was quick to announce that it wanted to continue on in the world led by Warren Ellis and Adi Shankar.
Today, the company announced that the next show is in the works. It’ll star Maria Renard and Richter Belmont in 1792 during the French Revolution. Will Trevor and Sypha still be around in this new show? Not likely, as Netflix later cheekily ‘fixed’ its announcement by saying Richter is their great, great, great (it goes on for a while) grandson. Alucard, being long-lived and a half vampire, might make an appearance, but that’s just hopeful speculation.
The Castlevania Universe is getting even bigger.
An all new series starring Richter Belmont (the son of Sypha and Trevor) and Maria Renard, set in France during the French Revolution, is currently in the works. #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/tsdeDpvNGQ
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 11, 2021
Splinter Cell is getting an anime that stars an older Sam
I wrote about this earlier, so I won’t dive too deeply into this announcement. Splinter Cell is getting an anime on Netflix, and will be written by the creator of John Wick. There’s not much to go on beyond the first bit of art revealed today, showing an older, bearded Sam Fisher.
The Witcher — just, a lot
The Witcher, arguably, got the most amount of attention during Netflix Geeked Week today. During the show, it was announced that CD Projekt Red will host WitcherCon, a virtual fan event, on July 9. This “celebration of the Witcher franchise” will include panels, news, behind-the-scenes events, and a whole lot more. You’ll be able to catch the show on Twitch and YouTube on July 9 starting at 1 PM ET and July 10 at 9 PM ET. Geeked Week also gave us a 12-second teaser for The Witcher season two, focusing on an older Ciri.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 11, 2021
Lance Reddick joins the cast of the live-action Resident Evil show as Albert Wesker
I can’t say I saw this one coming, but I’m glad to hear about it. Lance Reddick, whose played roles in John Wick, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Netflix’s own Castlevania, will star as Albert Wesker in the live-action Resident Evil show. I’m a big fan of Reddick, so I’m stoked to hear he’ll be joining the show to play one of the franchise’s most iconic villains. I can already imagine him in a black trench coat, slowly putting on sunglasses while indoors.
I'm so excited to finally announce this. Get ready to enter New Raccoon City with the cast of the new live-action Resident Evil series: I’ll be playing Albert Wesker! ELLA BALINSKA / TAMARA SMART / SIENA AGUDONG / ADELINE RUDOLPH / PAOLA NUNEZ. #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/vC55bSmq5K
— Lance Reddick (@lancereddick) June 11, 2021