Netflix and Capcom are teaming up with CG company Sublimation to produce an anime based on the largely underrated Dragon’s Dogma game series. Netflix recently confirmed via Twitter that the series is set to air starting on September 17.
“Based on a world-famous action RPG set in an open world, Dragon’s Dogma from Capcom will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series,” reads the official description of the show. “The story follows a man’s journey seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an ‘Arisen’. An action-adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans.”
This certainly isn’t the first time that Netflix has adapted a game into series. Their Castlevania series has been generally well-received, and their series based on The Witcher actually ended up becoming one of the streaming service’s most notable hits (even if that series ended up being based on the books more than the games). While it remains to be seen if Dragon’s Dogma will reach an audience beyond the game’s cult fanbase, it’s nonetheless encouraging to see Netflix continue to expand game universes via these adaptations.
It’s also encouraging to see Capcom revisit the Dragon’s Dogma franchise revisited in such a major way. There have always been some questions regarding exactly how well Dragon’s Dogma performed (even if its Switch port performed reasonably well in terms of sales and technical performance), but there’s never been any question regarding how much those who played the title love its universe, deep combat system, and excellent character creator. Interestingly, one of the most common complaints about the game was its story which we imagine will have to be expanded upon in this adaptation.
This also seems to be part of Capcom’s ambitious ongoing plan to revisit some of their old franchises. We’ve seen the obvious benefits of that strategy with the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and the Resident Evil 3 remake, but Capcom has indicated they may not stop there as the studio remains interested in revisiting and reviving its back catalog.