Netflix has been all-in on acquiring and distributing animated series recently, and Capcom’s cult-hit fantasy RPG is the latest feather in its cap. A tweet revealed a teaser poster and a release date for the Dragon’s Dogma anime. It will be added to the service on September 17, 2020.
Only the Arisen can face the Dragon and defeat the apocalypse. Here's your first look at the anime series adaptation of Capcom's action fantasy classic Dragon's Dogma, arriving September 17th. pic.twitter.com/UxJMcUrsdp
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 14, 2020
Dragon’s Dogma was originally released in 2012 by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It gained a gained a cult following after its Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen expansion was released, and the game has since been ported to the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Dark Arisen gameplay design lead Ryota Suzuki also recently moved to Square Enix to work on an as-yet-unannounced action game.
Dragon’s Dogma stars the Arisen, a player-created avatar whose heart is stolen by the titular Dragon at the start of the game. The Arisen must then find and defeat the Dragon to regain their heart. The tweet and previous announcements hint at a similar dynamic for the Dragon’s Dogma anime adaptation, but the placeholder page for the series also offered the following description:
Ethan sets out to vanquish the Dragon that took his heart, but with every demon he battles, the more he loses his humanity.
The Dragon’s Dogma anime was first announced in March 2019, alongside a number of other animated projects like Altered Carbon Resleeved and Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. It will be produced by Sublimation, Inc., a studio specializing in 3DCG animation. Sublimation has few original credits, mainly the 2018 anime Walking Meat, but has contributed work to numerous anime series. It has assisted on both seasons of Gatchaman CROWDS, 009 Re: Cyborg, God Eater, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These.
The Dragon’s Dogma anime is scheduled for a global debut on Netflix on September 17, 2020.