An Overwatch animated series and a Diablo anime are possibly in development
Two new shows based on Blizzard games appear to be in development.
What you need to know
- Overwatch and Diablo are game franchises owned by Activision Blizzard.
- According to the LinkedIn profile of Activision Blizzard Studios co-president Nick van Dyk, two new shows based on these games are coming.
- The Overwatch series would be animated, while the Diablo series would be styled like an anime.
According to the LinkedIn job description of Nyk van Dyk, co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, we may be getting new shows based on Blizzard games. Part of Dyk's job description states that he is the executive producer of Diablo, a TV show based on the Diablo game franchise. This show is evidently stylized like an anime and is in pre-production at Netflix.
Another part of his job description indicates he has sold an animated series based on Overwatch. Overwatch is an incredibly popular hero shooter, recently crossing 50 million players across all platforms.
It's worth noting this isn't the first time we've heard about these potential shows. Back in 2018, reports indicated that a Diablo animated series was being pitched. This is however an additional piece of concrete evidence, so we could see some announcements in the near future.
With Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 both announced and in development, this is definitely a great time for new shows based on gaming properties. We've seen how mainstream success of a TV show can boost video game sales, as release of The Witcher TV show on Netflix, paired with some discounts, saw sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt go up 554% in the U.S. compared to the previous December.
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