Overwatch and Diablo Animated Series in the Works

Two of Blizzard’s greatest franchises, Overwatch and Diablo, might be getting the animated collection therapy, in response to info revealed by Nick Van Dyk, the president of Activision Blizzard Studios, on LinkedIn. On his resume, Dyk confirmed that he labored on each animated collection — an Overwatch cartoon and a Diablo anime, the latter of which is in pre-production and shall be distributed worldwide by Netflix. This information was first reported by IGN. 

This is not the first time we have heard {that a} Diablo animated collection is in the works. In 2018, Boom! Studios founder Andrew Cosby posted and then deleted an announcement on Twitter that he was in talks with Netflix to make a Diablo collection. Blizzard by no means confirmed these talks and has but to substantiate them now, however the firm has been pushing extra tasks primarily based on its Diablo IP, together with a brand new sequel, the extremely anticipated Diablo 4, and a cellular title, Diablo Immortal, so an animated collection is sensible as the subsequent step. Whether Blizzard meant for Dyk to slyly drop the information on LinkedIn and will make an official announcement quickly stays to be seen. But this is not the first time somebody has unintentionally leaked one thing on the networking platform…

As for Overwatch, Dyk stated that he “developed and sold” an animated collection primarily based on the first-person shooter franchise. He did not go into element as to who Blizzard offered the present to. The indisputable fact that he did not point out Netflix outright would possibly imply that this present has a special vacation spot than Diablo. In the meantime, Blizzard is planning to launch Overwatch 2 in some unspecified time in the future in the future as a part of an aggressive launch schedule that additionally features a new World of Warcraft enlargement in addition to a number of different unannounced Diablo tasks.

Blizzard is understood for the comparatively giant gaps between its main releases nevertheless it’s clear that the studio has been rethinking that technique as of late, and a multimedia strategy to its IP might be a solution to get its franchises in entrance of a extra mainstream viewers past loyal PC and console players. 

But why animated collection? Blizzard tried to deliver its profitable Warcraft franchise to the large display in 2016, however the film’s poor reception has seemingly soured the thought of a sequel (though the film stays the highest-grossing online game film of all-time at $439 million worldwide). Meanwhile, Netflix has discovered a lot success with its Castlevania animated collection, which is regarded by some as the finest adaptation of a online game ever. Unsurprisingly, Netflix has wasted no time greenlighting extra animated collection primarily based on video games, resembling the upcoming Devil May Cry and Magic: The Gathering cartoons. 

Overwatch and Diablo function wealthy universes filled with tons of lore and beloved characters that may match in proper in with Netflix’s nerdy fare. In explicit, Diablo‘s darkish fantasy, demon-infested medieval world may hit related notes discovered in Castlevania. It looks like a no brainer, however we’ll have to attend to see if Blizzard confirms as a lot.

John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read extra of his work right here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9.

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