Netflix has announced that it has formed a partnership with three different production studios to create original animated series for its streaming service. Along with Dragon's Dogma, Netflix is also making an animated series based on Altered Carbon (called Altered Carbon: Resleeved) with Anima, and an adaptation of a manga series called Spriggan with David Production.
Sublimation's previous credits include a short movie called Walking Meat, which is about a society where zombies are used to create products and are kept on farms, and two other upcoming projects called Cider no you ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru and Shikizakura.
Dragon's Dogma is better known for its exciting battles against giant monsters than it is for its story, so the producers of the anime will have to come up with a lot of new material in order to flesh out an entire series. The player creates their own avatar, as well as the other members of the party (known as pawns), so the main characters of the series will have to be original characters.
Netflix released a summary of the Dragon's Dogma anime which doesn't offer many clues about the direction that the series will take, outside of the fact that it will follow the general story of the game.
"Based on a world-famous action RPG set in an open world, Dragon’s Dogma from CAPCOM will be brought to life as a Netflix original anime series. The story follows a man’s journey seeking revenge on a dragon who stole his heart. On his way, the man is brought back to life as an ‘Arisen’. An action adventure about a man challenged by demons who represent the seven deadly sins of humans."
Netflix has already had success with adapting video games into an anime series, with their Castlevania series being a huge hit for the service. The popularity of series like Goblin Slayer may also have prompted Netflix to try and create a dark fantasy series of their own.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen will be released for the Nintendo Switch on April 23, 2019.