Get Ready to Enter The Animus
2020’s been a pretty big year in terms of video games, not only in terms of big releases but in terms of video games being seen as a legitimate art form, with some stunning entries like Ghost of Tsushima, Final Fantasy VII Remake, or The Last of Us: Part 2 pushing the boundaries of narrative convention It makes sense, then, that TV shows are recognizing the potential, given that TV itself has provided some large-scale events on-par with movies over the past few years. We’ve already reported about the upcoming The Last of Us adaptation for HBO, as well as Netflix’s upcoming two Resident Evil series, and now another gaming juggernaut has been announced, as an adaptation of Assassin’s Creed is in the works for Netflix.
“For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise,” said Ubisoft’s Jason Altman. “We’re thrilled to create an Assassin’s Creed series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin’s Creed universe.”
The Assassin’s Creed games follow various modern day people as they enter The Animus – a device that lets them relive the past – and take on the role of various members of the Assassin’s Order throughout history, warring with the templar’s and uncovering an ancient conspiracy involving otherworldly gods, the apocalypse, and mysterious artifacts. The series has previously been (loosely) adapted into a movie which achieved a dismal 18% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but given Netflix’s recent success in adapting the Witcher franchise for the small screen it looks like Ubisoft’s series is in good hands.
We don’t know as of yet how closely the plot will stick to the story, but given that early games in the series were criticized for repetitive gameplay yet later entries relied heavily on those games for the story to make sense – as well as the fact that the franchise incorporates games across multiple consoles, as well as novels and comics – there’s bound to be a lot of people who’re eager to discover the story for the first time. However, Altman’s statement does specify that this is the next saga in the universe. Could he be hinting at a new story, instead of a series that explores the franchise’s past? At this point, it’s too early to say.
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