Netflix's 'Castlevania' producer is adapting 'Hyper Light Drifter' as an animated TV series

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Prans, Mar 30, 2019.


    After two successful seasons of Castlevania on Netflix and announcing a Devil May Cry TV adaptation, as well as one for Assassin's Creed, producer Adi Shankar does not seem to want to stop there. His next video game-to-series adaptation will be of the critically-acclaimed indie title Hyper Light Drifter, which was confirmed by the game's studio founder Alx Preston in an interview with Polygon.

    The project appears to be in its early stages as the interview notes that "Preston and Shankar are actively reaching out to writers to lead the TV adaptation, and are still working on exactly how to translate Hyper Light Drifter’s gameplay experience to a non-interactive medium". The latter statement is particularly important given that the game was free of dialogue and relied heavily on environmental storytelling.

    “The difference between a series and a game is vast in a lot of ways,” Preston said to Polygon. “Hyper Light as a game was pretty atmospheric and kind of overbearing at times. For a series, the question is: how do you sustain and keep your attention on a non-interactive run? Does it get really, really dark and serious? Does it have some levity?”

    “There’s still a question of how much dialogue we really have, if any,” Preston further added. “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.”

    Do you think Hyper Light Drifter will translate well into an animated series? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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    Discussion (12 replies)
  1. Pippin666

    Pippin666 SSF43DE Master

    Mar 30, 2009
    Montreal, Qc
    If the series is half as good as the game, it will rock.

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  2. H1B1Esquire

    H1B1Esquire RxTools, the ultimate CFW machine.

    Nov 2, 2016
    United States
    Earth, bro-dude.
    I'll definitely watch, but I'm a little worried, in a different sense--when others realize there's money to be made, they'll ruin something, Disney doing a TLoZ movie that'll be worse than the CD-i gurrbagge we've made fun of for years.
  3. Vhestal

    Vhestal Advanced Member

    Feb 16, 2019
    Betwix the Twilight
    Great idea, but, going back to the silent-film era in a world of words... I'm getting a bad feeling about this.
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  4. Clydefrosch

    Clydefrosch GBAtemp Guru

    Jan 2, 2009
    ...castlevania, in the grand scheme of things, was story driven and had several generations of fans.
    and it still isn't that much of a hit.

    i'm not sure where this is trying to go, but I don't see it going very far
  5. raxadian

    raxadian GBAtemp Maniac

    Nov 10, 2018
    Who knows? I remember the Spawn cartoon being based on a comic book most possible viewers weren't reading and yet it became a cult classic.

    And the Kirby cartoon did the best a cartoon based on a videogame had done since Mario Bros.

    So let's just wait and see.
  6. Xzi

    Xzi All your base are belong to the proletariat

    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
    Spiraling Out
    Great game, but I'm not sure how well it will translate to a TV show. Netflix just green-lighting every video game-based series now, eh?
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  7. 8BitWonder

    8BitWonder Small Homebrew Dev

    Jan 23, 2016
    United States
    47 4F 54 20 45 45 4D
    Loved the game and welcome any new chance to learn more about the world/lore.

    Though I'm curious if they're planning to animate it similarly to the intro or in a different style.
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  8. Xabring

    Xabring GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 21, 2013
    Somewhere, Earth.
    "relied heavily on environmental storytelling"
    if games where the story was more telling......well, good luck with that.
  9. XDel

    XDel Author of Alien Breed: Projekt Odamex

    Jul 25, 2012
    United States
    Another Huxleyian Dystopia
    Cool game, but after what they did with Castlevania, I'm leary!
  10. Vieela

    Vieela GBATemp's official thinker™

    Jan 18, 2017
    I'm extremely interested but at the same time reaaally skeptical on how well this can go. Literally have to see it happening to be sure.
  11. D4X

    D4X Ultra 64

    Sep 9, 2016
    I've never even played Hyper Light Drifter (watched a lot of speedruns), but this looks really promising. Would love to see it in animated form.
  12. pustal

    pustal Koalafied member.

    Jul 19, 2011
    The Matrix
    They failed to create a decent plot and character set for the show. The reboot games had it better than the series.