Netflix is tasking Ripstone Games with developing a chess title based on its hit show The Queen’s Gambit. Ripstone has previously created several chess games, so the company is a natural choice.
Entering the gaming arena after acing the streaming movies and TV game, Netflix began releasing mobile games late last year with titles like Stranger Things 1984, a gaming spin-off of their smash hit TV series. Since then, the streaming service’s game line up grown to include games such as Into the Dead 2: Unleashed and Exploding Kittens The Game, based on the popular card game of the same name.
East Side Games Group partnered with Netflix earlier this year to bring its mobile title, Dragon Up, to the platform. This will be a premium version of the game with no in-app purchases or ads. In Addition, Netflix acquired Boss Fight Entertainment, a developer of free-to-play mobile games, back in March. The streaming service also acquired Next Games in April.
Chess is back!
Set in the 1950s, The Queen’s Gambit centers around Elizabeth Harmon, a chess prodigy attempting to earn her place as an elite chess player while also struggling with recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The show first aired in 2020 and quickly became popular among Netflix subscribers.
The Queen’s Gambit game will have the player face off in chess matches against characters from the show. Ripstone promises that players will also be able to compete against their friends. Netflix announced the upcoming title during the Summer Game Fest activities at its Geeked Week showcase. The popular streaming platform will have roughly fifty games available by the end of 2022.
And film becomes games…
While The Queen’s Gambit Chess is a game based on the popular show Netflix is also working on multiple films and series adaptations of video games. One such project is a film based on the hit FPS, Bioshock. A Horizon Zero Dawn series is also in development at Netflix, and the streaming service releases season 1 of its Resident Evil series on July 14.