While movie adaptations of video games are still relatively rough around the edges, animated series have luckily led the charge in proving that video games can be adapted to a non-interactive medium well. Recently, Amazon premiered its Costume Quest animated series. Netflix has had grand success with two seasons of an adaptation of Castlevania. And now, Castlevania's producer Adi Shankar has a new project in the works: Hyper Light Drifter.
As revealed in an exclusive with Polygon, Shankar will be collaborating with director of Hyper Light Drifter, Alx Preston, to bring the intense action-RPG to televisions as an animated series. In discussion with the site, Preston reveals that the show is seeking to retain its style, but not necessarily its pixel art. It also may be a wordless series, like the game, though that is still a decision deep in conversation. Preston also assures fans that no matter what, "it will be cool."
The Hyper Light Drifter animated series is still in the very early phase, with Shankar and Preston currently reaching out to writers in television to pen and lead it. Shankar, the producer extraordinaire of the Castlevania animated series, has been busy as of late. Shankar is also in the process of producing a Devil May Cry animated series and an Assassin's Creed animated series. Meanwhile, Preston has been plugging away at development of Solar Ash Kingdom, Heart Machine's follow-up to Hyper Light Drifter.
If you missed out on the brutal 2016 indie hit, you can find it on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and now Nintendo Switch too. In 2016, we wrote that "the deeper you plunge into Heart Machine's lonely war-ravaged world, the more you come to appreciate the uninterrupted solitude." Here's to hoping the animated series retains that gloomy spirit!