The hit Xbox game Grounded from Obsidian Entertainment will be adapted into a TV series according to a report from Deadline. The series will be written by Brent Friedman, writer of the fourth fifth, and sixth seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He will be joined by Brian Goodrich, the cinematic director of Halo 4 and 5.
Obsidian and Microsoft are working with Waterproof Studios, Kinetic Media and Bardel Entertainment. These studios have worked on a variety of shows and movies, including Kung Fu Panda, Rick & Morty as well as many video game trailers.
Grounded is a survival game that follows a group of shrunken teenagers as they try to survive in the backyard. Players are shrunk to the size of two inches and must fend against spiders and other critters. Grounded is one of many recent video game IPs to be adapted into television media. Popular titles such as Halo, The Witcher, and Sonic have been adapted into TV and movies. Video game IPs also being adapted into TV series include:
- Mass Effect
- Assassins Creed
- The Last of Us
And many more to come.
Video game publishers have seen the value of video games being adapted into tv and film. After all, the video game industry eclipses all other forms of media. Publishers like EA and Sony have made significant investments in gaming TV. Streaming services like Netflix are also entering gaming with their own offerings.
Creating TV shows and movies is expensive, and streaming services have made it easier for studios to build these types of projects. In the past TV shows and movies based on video games were not only rare, but they also did not perform well at all.
Grounded launched in the spring of 2020 into early access on Xbox and Windows. Grounded has over 10 million players after launch and is available on Xbox Game Pass. A wider release is planned for this fall but could be delayed.
It is not known when this series will come out, but it is most likely a few years away. We will have to wait and see when and where this series will release.