It seems that both an Overwatch
cartoon and Diablo anime are in the works. Neither have been confirmed by Activision Blizzard yet but new evidence from a high-ranking employee makes it pretty likely they are in production.
Nick van Dyck, who is the president of the film and TV division of Activision Blizzard, says he has worked on both of these unannounced projects in his LinkedIn profile.
His profile lists him as being the executive producer of a TV adaptation of Diablo that is “rendered in anime style.” Apparently it’s in pre-production and will be distributed worldwide through Netflix. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a possible Diablo animated series for Netflix.
If it really is coming, then it will probably look to follow in the very successful footsteps of the Netflix Castlevania animated series. Season 3, of which, is due out on March 5 and recently got a bloody, monster-filled trailer.
More of a surprise is that Dyck’s profile also says that he has “developed and sold an animated series based Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise.” Nothing else about this is revealed. The fact that this has been “sold” suggests it isn’t another of Blizzard’s in-house Overwatch short films and is potentially a larger project.
Both of these animated series make a lot of sense given that franchises have a new game on the way. Diablo 4 was announced at BlizzCon last year but there’s no word on when it might launch. The same goes for Overwatch 2, which will add story missions alongside new heroes and modes to the first game’s formula.
Hopefully the success of recent video game adaptations, like the Castlevania series and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, will carry over to these animated series.
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