Netflix’s South Korean thriller Squid Game was one of the breakout shows of the past few years. The series centered around a deadlier version of a popular children’s game and was released in 2021 to critical acclaim. It also amassed a huge fan following, with the show’s iconography inculcated into pop culture.
Recently, Netflix announced a video game based on the series that would be available on the app. This announcement comes on the heels of a reality TV show based on the games played in Squid Game that aired earlier this year. Fans, however, are not happy with the video game announcement as they were expecting an update on a second season.
What Is Netflix’s Squid Game About?
The Korean thriller series Squid Game unexpectedly took the world by storm when it was released on Netflix in September 2021. The series was created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, who is known for directing films such as Silenced, The Fortress, and Miss Granny. Dong-hyuk’s Silenced is often regarded as one of the most important films to come out of Korea.
Dong-hyuk reportedly conceived the idea of Squid Game in 2008 based on the economic struggles he saw in South Korea as well as his own. He could not get it approved by any production studio for eleven years before Netflix picked up the series as a part of its expansion toward foreign-language content.
Netflix’s Squad Game centers around Seong Gi-hun, a down-on-his-luck gambling addict who is in a lot of debt. He joins a reality games program that promises him a reward of ₩45.6 billion for the winner. While the games themselves involve children’s games, if one loses in any of the games, they are killed. Gi-hun partners up with other players to survive.
The show was lauded upon release and amassed a huge viewership count, becoming Netflix’s most-watched series. The series was lauded for its exploration of economic struggle in South Korea and the metaphors for capitalism. A second season was announced in 2022 along with a reality TV show centered around the games (minus the killings, of course).
Fans Are Tired Of Netflix Milking Squid Game
While season 2 of Squid Game only began production in July of this year, Netflix does not seem to slow down on related content. The streaming platform recently announced a slate of video games as a part of their application, which included a game based on the show. According to Variety, it would feature similar games as the series and let one compete with other players.
This is the second non-scripted TV piece of media that the streaming giant has developed based on the hit show. Earlier this year, a Squid Game-based reality TV show debuted on Netflix, which featured similar games as the show and mimicked the killings with a squib. The show received mixed responses, with many criticizing the depiction of the killings.
With the video game series now in development, fans of the show seemed to be frustrated with the streaming giant for milking the series too much before releasing the most-awaited second season. Many believe that the show will be drained out of its potential even before the actual series progresses.
Oh, they’re milking it as hard as they can lmao pic.twitter.com/WLsA7Nvj5b— Lachesis (@LachesisHD) December 13, 2023
They need to chill with all of this, feels like they’re pushing it too hard— Henry 🇺🇸 (@MrDarthhenry) December 13, 2023
They doing everything except what people actually want:— ZACK! (@I_Am_Zackk) December 13, 2023
A new season
we already have this masterpiece but thanks! pic.twitter.com/afT4NxMz9h— SmackNPie (@SmackNPie) December 13, 2023
The second season of the show is still underway and is expected to be released in 2024.