Netflix is beginning to take more control over what its Netflix Games division is meant to be. The company is accomplishing this by doing something no streaming platform or gaming studio has done before. The company is planning to release an animated series and video game based on one of the biggest card games in the world. That card game is Exploding Kittens. The most successful Kickstarter launched game is also branching into new mediums, as this will be the first time in which the game will be turned into an animated serious along with a digital format of the game.
The Netflix Games version of Exploding Kittens will bring the game to a digital format for those who already have the Netflix app. Anyone who has the Netflix app can simply click on the games tap that is already readily available. The new mobile game will also feature brand-new cards exclusive to the Netflix app games section, along with new powers, and cards that will be introduced as the animated show takes off. The Exploding Kittens game is set to appear on the gaming platform in May of this year, while the show will not be released until 2023. Tom Ellis, Lucy Liu, and Abraham Lim have been tapped to voice some of the characters in the series.
Exploding Kittens follows the hilarious situation in which sees God battles Satan. Only the two entities have been turned into fat house casts, making the situation hilarious in its own right. The point of the card game is to use cats that have powers, which are to help not find the Exploding Kitten card that will end the game. Players draw cards and hope to diffuse the situation before they are exploded by a kitten. It’s a hilarious and morbid game. The game launched as a crowdfunded venture on Kickstarter. It still holds the record for most backers in the history of the platform, and it remains in the top 10 for the most money ever funded on the platform as well. People loved the idea of playing such a random and hilarious card game, and now they will get to take the game on the go and experience the hilarity via an animated show. Hopefully, Tom Ellis will be Satan, considering he played the same character on the hit series, Lucifer. Then again, having him be the voice of the God cat would also be some hilarious irony.
Exploding Kittens will launch on the Netflix games portion of the normal app this May, and those who have a Netflix subscription can download the app and play the game free of charge. Games that already exist on the app include Stranger Things: 1984 and Shooting Hoops. Anyone that doesn’t have the Netflix app will still be able to purchase the Exploding Kittens mobile game for $1.99 via the iOS store and Google Play Store. Those who have a subscription to Netflix and have the app can join in on the hilarious fun with exploding cats when the game officially drops in May.