Two years since Netflix captivated viewers across the globe with the release of the Korean drama Squid Game, a reality TV show based upon the series, titled Squid Game: The Challenge, is doing the exact same.


The new series, which is being released in three parts on the streamer, sees 56 contestants battle it out for a whopping $4.56 million (£3.78 million) cash prize, and viewers have become invested in who will managed to win the life-changing money.

While Squid Game: The Challenge mirrors the format of the original series, featuring numerous familiar tasks including the Dalgona cookie challenge and the 'Red Light, Green Light' challenge, there have been a few changes made along the way, including some brutal twists.

Production on the series kicked off in January 2023 but, according to reports, a small number of contestants needed medical assistance after filming in the subzero temperatures.

While one contestant was believed to have injured their shoulder after accidentally running into a wall, others were said to have been treated for minor injuries.

"Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold," a source told The Sun. "You could hear someone yell 'medic' and the crew would rush on. We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes."

In a statement shared with Variety, a spokesperson for Netflix said at the time: "We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and invested in all the appropriate safety procedures. While it was very cold on set — and participants were prepared for that — any claims of serious injury are untrue.”

Read on for everything you need to know about Squid Game: The Challenge.

Squid Game: The Challenge release date

Squid Game: The Challenge.
Squid Game: The Challenge. Netflix

The first five episodes of Squid Game: The Challenge were released on 22nd November 2023.

A further four episodes were then released on Wednesday 29th November, with the finale episode airing on Netflix on Wednesday 6th December.

What is Squid Game: The Challenge?

Squid Game: The Challenge contestant with his hands covering his mouth.
Squid Game: The Challenge. Netflix

Squid Game: The Challenge is a real-life competition based on Netflix's Squid Game, which launched on the streaming site in September 2021.

Like the drama series, the show will see 456 contestants competing for a huge cash prize of $4.56 million, with contestants being "killed" off each round.

"The biggest Netflix show ever becomes the biggest reality series ever," Netflix teased in the trailer, which featured clips from the hit first season.

"The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed," Netflix added on their official website.

The official synopsis for the series reads: "456 real players will enter Squid Game: The Challenge in pursuit of a life-changing reward of $4.56 million USD.

"As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show — plus surprising new additions — their strategies, alliances and character will be put to the test as competitors are eliminated around them."

Where is Squid Game: The Challenge filmed?

Produced by Studio Lambert and The Garden, Squid Game: The Challenge has been filmed across two studios in the UK.

The first challenge "Red Light Green Light" took place in Bedford's Cardington Studios in North London, which is a former airplane hangar.

According to Variety, only 228 contestants our of 456 make it past the first hurdle and continue through to the rest of the game.

Squid Game: The Challenge trailer

The trailer finally gives fans a taste of what's to come in the reality series and answers some burning questions viewers may have, especially over just how contestants will be eliminated in the 'Red Light Green Light' game.

In the original drama, contestants were shot and killed but in the reality show, contestants are shot with paintballs to signal their end in the game. Watch the trailer below.

Squid Game: The Challenge part 2 became available to stream on Netflix on 29th November. Sign up for Netflix from £6.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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