Squid Game Netflix Video Game Might Be Happening
Premiering as an instant hit for streaming service Netflix, the South Korean thriller series Squid Game has captured the minds of episode-bingers for its decidedly deadly take on playground children’s games. Under the premise of a six-round battle royale tournament, the show brings together a collective of 456 outcasts riddled with insurmountable debt to compete for the large cash prize of 45.6 billion won, the equivalent of about $38 million in US dollars.
As Squid Game has proven to be a surprise international hit for Netflix, the company now appears to be mulling over the franchise possibilities of the series’ twisted premise, including but not limited to the realm of video games. This intriguing tease was divulged in a recent exchange with THR, where Netflix Asia’s VP of content Minyoung Kim provided insight into where else the series might go in the wake of such “overwhelming” success.
“We’ve been getting an overwhelming but happy volume of requests from [Netflix] — from the consumer product department, from the gaming group, from our other international teams,” Kim said. “We are looking at multiple different areas — from games, consumer product and others — to really figure out what we can bring to our audiences to increase their affinity toward our content and give them more joy, while staying true to the world that our creator has built.”
Since debuting on Netflix just over a month ago, the inaugural season of Squid Game has brought a wave of unprecedented popularity, becoming the most-watched launch ever on the streaming service and placing well ahead of platform staples like Stranger Things. With such extreme numbers, Season 2 is more of a question of when than if, but neither Netflix nor series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk have confirmed any immediate plans for a follow-up, at least not yet.
Squid Game has officially reached 111 million fans — making it our biggest series launch ever! pic.twitter.com/SW3FJ42Qsn
— Netflix (@netflix) October 12, 2021
When pondering the possibilities of a Squid Game video game, one can easily draw a line to the battle royale genre, with the minigame structure of Mediatonic’s Fall Guys being particularly similar to that of the South Korean series. Of course, Squid Game and the battle royale genre itself both share similar inspirations (2000’s Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, etc.), so the barrier to adapt Squid Game into a video game is already pretty thin, if it exists at all.
Whether it be more episodes or an official game, the wait for more Squid Game has only begun, but creative fans have started carving their own avenues to make the hiatus a bit less boring. The Grand Theft Auto 5 community has already put massive work into adapting the deadly tournament, featuring violent iterations of games like Red Light Green Light, the glass platform game, as well as an original creation based on hide and seek – seen in the video below.
What do you think? Are you excited by the idea of an official Squid Game video game from Netflix, or do you feel the battle royale genre been mined to death at this point? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day!
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