An anime adaptation of the massively popular dark fantasy RPG, Dark Souls, from developer From Software is seemingly in development at Netflix. The streaming service’s history of anime is middling at best, with only some achieving great success such as Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and Devilman Crybaby. However, that isn’t stopping Netflix from pushing ahead with anime adaptations of video game IPs.
The rumour originates from GiantFreakinRobot which claims that Netflix is currently developing an anime adaptation of Dark Souls. While the game’s lore does most of the heavy lifting in the storytelling department, it’s also ripe for exploration and intepretations in other medium as well. The anime format will be able to capture the grand scale and spectacle of Dark Souls while also digging deep into its darker themes and roots.
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard reports about a From Software game being turned into an anime. Back in May, a report claimed that an anime adaptation of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was also in development alongside Ghost of Tsuhima. Unfortunately, details are quite scarce on these potential adaptations, including which studios or companies will be handling them.
The story of Dark Souls is pretty difficult to put into a few short words, especially given its intentionally vague and cryptic methods of unravelling the narrative. For the most part, players must attempt to rekindle a long-lost flame to eliminate a dreaded age of darkness, which has given rise to creatures and undead that now roam the land.
It remains to be seen if the Dark Souls anime adaptation will be handled internally at Netflix or if the streaming service will enlist the assistance of a Japanese animation studio, similar to how Trigger was employed to produce Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Take this with a pinch of salt until we get official confirmation.