The Achingly Cool ‘Hyper Light Drifter’ Is Getting Its Own TV Series
Hyper Light Drifter, the gorgeous hack and slash game that drops you into an eerie, monster-filled world and leaves you to work out your objective for yourself, is being turned into a television series. The adaptation is being handled by Adi Shankar, the same person who produced the Netflix Castlevania series and the upcoming Devil May Cry show.
Released back in 2016, Hyper Light Drifter was the first game made by Heart Machine. Though, you really couldn't tell from the quality. You control the Drifter, a kind of wandering alien samurai, exploring a weird world of giant-sized monsters, ruined temples, and strange creatures. Armed with an energy sword and a pistol, you have to master the simple but challenging combat, timing your dodges and strikes to the movement of the often larger enemies.
It's really exciting news that Hyper Light Drifter is getting this adaptation. It's an achingly cool game that masks its world in secrets, pushing you to tease out the backstory through exploration. Anything that dives deeper into that weird place is a win.
There was no dialogue in Hyper Light Drifter, so I'd expect any series based on the game to take something of the Samurai Jack approach and tell its story through what it shows you, not what its characters straight up say. It's a question the game's creator, Alx Preston's asking, too.
"There's still a question of how much dialogue we really have, if any," Preston told Polygon. "Could it be a more silent series or would we have voice acting? Considering Hyper Light was wordless, there's an idea there of how much that would carry over to to a show."
The series is still in very early development, with Preston and Shankar still looking for a writer. But it's great to see that game adaptations won't only look to the big series like Castlevania and Devil May Cry, but also to smaller games like Hyper Light Drifter.
Featured Image Credit: Heart Machine