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Here at Nintendo Enthusiast, we’re fans of Hyper Light Drifter. We also enjoy the Castlevania Netflix series. If someone were to mix the two together in some magical way, it would be the single greatest achievement since humans combined chocolate and peanut butter. I hope you believe in magic, then; HLD creator Alx Preston is joining forces with Castlevania producer Adi Shankar to create an animated series based on the badass indie game.

Be still, my beating heart

Based on a report over at Polygon, Preston and Shankar are already taking steps to find writers for this dream. There are difficulties to overcome, however.

As Preston states:

The difference between a series and a game is vast in a lot of ways. Hyper Light as a game was pretty atmospheric and kind of overbearing at times. For a series, the question is: how do you sustain and keep your attention on a non-interactive run? Does it get really, really dark and serious? Does it have some levity?”

Preston, the only thing I personally find overbearing about HLD is that “Dash Eternal” achievement. 800 in a row? You took FFX‘s insane lightning dodge mini-game and made it four times more difficult!

Other challenges for the duo include audio and visual hurdles. Hyper Light Drifter conveyed its vague story without dialogue, and the title had a pixel aesthetic. The show might lean towards an anime look, though the team is still trying to figure out the best way to deal with voice work.

It’s refreshing to see Shankar on board. He has a hand in animation with Castlevania, not to mention his upcoming Devil May Cry and Assassin’s Creed projects. Why go from those triple-A games to a relatively smaller title like Hyper Light Drifter?

As Shankar explains:

[I’m doing this in] the same way that, back in the day, a director or writer would read a book and say, ‘Oh my god, this book’s amazing,’ not, ‘Oh my god this book’s sold so many copies,’ and then they’re seeing dollar signs like a cartoon. It’s important for me not to just all of a sudden become the AAA junkie. To just go like, ‘OK, what are the biggest franchise, I’m going to jump on all of them.’ That’s not why I’m trying to do this.”

You have my respect, sir.

I am beyond hype for this TV show, as well as every other Shankar project. I also believe in Preston’s ability to tell a great story in a minimalist way. Together, they can create something truly haunting and beautiful.

Folks, what are your feelings about this upcoming TV collab? Do you love both of these creators and believe they can form together to make the greatest mixture since Captain Planet? Tell us your impressions below.

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Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.

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