Netflix Shows Interest In Making Its Popular Korean Series 'Squid Game' Into A Video Game

After beating The Witcher's reported 76 million viewership, Netflix's Korean series 'Squid Game' is on its way to becoming the streaming giant's most watched show ever. Following this, recent news from The Hollywood Reporter stated that Netflix Asia executive Minyoung Kim says a Squid Game videogame is being closely considered.

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During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kim discussed the phenomenal success of Squid Game, a Korean battle royale drama that follows a group of debt-ridden social outcasts who agree to give up their lives to compete in a massive competition for the equivalent of approximately $39 million USD. Those who fail to meet the requirements are quickly executed, generally by a carelessly given headshot by masked guards working for the clandestine group that oversees the entire operation.

Despite the fact that the series is based on a well-known theme—survival in a capitalist hellscape—the difference between its sad character arcs and the cold indifference of each death stands out even in a media landscape that isn't exactly devoid of images of extreme violence.

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Kim stated that Netflix is now considering what to do with the Squid Game IP in the future. The streaming behemoth is considering a possible videogame adaptation, as well as "consumer items," which is a fancy term for stuff. Season 2 of Squid Game is still in the works, according to the show's director and producer, although Kim cautioned fans not to get their hopes up too soon, pointing out that the show only premiered a month ago.

“We’ve been getting an overwhelming but happy volume of requests from the organization — from the consumer product department, from the gaming group, from our other international teams. My team’s role is to really look at all of those opportunities together, to create that roadmap for the Squid Game IP. 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 towards our content and give them more joy, while staying true to the world that our creator has built.”

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Kim didn't offer any speculation as to what a Squid Game video game adaptation may look like, which was disappointing. However, the show itself puts characters against one another, and occasionally against one another and a team of other characters, in brightly colored, surreal contests that are often based on Korean children's games. It was also widely compared to Mediatonic's Fall Guys, in which cartoony humanoids rush through obstacle courses or are knocked off platforms to their doom in a similar fashion.

Although the official version of the planned video game is yet to come, games that let players to create their own matches, such as Roblox and Fortnite, have dozens of fan-made attempts to recreate Squid Game in their respective universes. Although it's clear that Netflix's version of a Squid Game video game would be licensed, given the fact that the company's gaming ambitions are so nascent, it's difficult to predict when this would actually be launched, let alone what form it would take.

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The Squid Game focuses heavily on emotionally charged drama between contestants, the ties that they form and break, and the layers of mystery surrounding the competition itself. It will be interesting to see how Netflix converts it into a game that you'd ostensibly want to play over and over.
 

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