‘Dragon’s Dogma’ Follows ‘Castlevania’ Onto Netflix With New Anime Adaptation

Netflix has announced plans to develop an anime show based on Capcom's Dragon's Dogma IP. The streaming service will partner with Sublimation Inc to produce the show, which is some way away from having a release date.

Dragon's Dogma follows the Castlevania franchise in moving from video games to Netflix anime - and the show based on Konami's famous vampire-slaying adventures has gone down a treat, with an 8.1 rating on IMDB and an audience score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The original Dragon's Dogma released in 2012, with the open-world RPG gaining a healthy amount of critical approval for its pawn system - the player can hire NPCs to help them on their quest - and abundance of rewarding quests. It reemerged as an enhanced and expanded edition in 2013, called Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, earning further praise and a Windows port in 2016. Dark Arisen comes to Nintendo Switch on 23 April.

The description for Netflix's Dragon's Dogma reads as follows:

"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. The story follows a man's journey, seeking revenge on a dragon that stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an 'Arisen'. [Dragon's Dogma will be] an action adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans."

Sublimation's director, Atsushi Koishikawa, added: "[Our] team has long dreamt of working on our own title. We have oftentimes worked with partner studios to create partial CGI portions within a given title, so we feel very fortunate to work with Netflix through this production line deal. We're excited to bring our unique cel-shaded animation that carries hand-drawn textures to anime fans around the world."

Dragon's Dogma / Credit: Capcom
Dragon's Dogma / Credit: Capcom

We already know that if Dragon's Dogma proves popular on Switch, it'd tempt Capcom to port Devil May Cry 5 to Nintendo's console. But could a hit Netflix show also persuade the company to deliver a sequel proper to the game? The director of both games, Hideaki Itsuno, has expressed his keenness in another Dragon's Dogma, telling Eurogamer:

"Dragon's Dogma 2, give me a way to make it now. If someone would let me, it's what I'd want to do. I already know what the story would be. It's just about convincing people to let me make it. So please bombard Capcom Europe!"

This announcement is just another Big Win for Capcom, with the studio having a terrific 2019 so far, with Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 earning plaudits aplenty, after an equally impressive 2018, with their best-ever-selling release of Monster Hunter: World, and more. Our pals at UNILAD Gaming have written about this brilliant new golden age for Capcom - check the piece out here.

Excited for a Dragon's Dogma anime? Have you enjoyed the Netflix treatment of Castlevania? Any other classic video game series you'd love to see get a new cartoon? Let us know - we're on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Image Credit: Capcom

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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