Netflix is reportedly “to build an Assassin’s Creed TV universe,” and is working to develop “live-action, animated, and anime series” based on Ubisoft’s game franchise, The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Tuesday. Netflix previously had some level of success in making shows based on popular game franchises like “The Witcher”.
The Assassin’s Creed anime rumors are strong ever since producer Adi Shankar reported in July 2017 that his next project would be a series based on Assassin’s Creed. He described the project as an “anime.” Assassin’s Creed head of content Azaïzia Aymar confirmed in 2017 that Ubisoft was involved in the project. Deadline’s article on Tuesday did not mention if Shankar was involved in either the planned animated or anime series.
Assassin’s Creed is a stealth action-adventure video game franchise published by Ubisoft and developed mainly by its Ubisoft Montreal studio using the Anvil game engine and its more advanced derivatives. Created by Patrice Désilets, Jade Raymond and Corey May, the Assassin’s Creed series depicts a fictional millennial struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through order and control. The series features historical fiction, science fiction, and characters, intertwined with real-world historical figures and events. Most of the time, players control an Assassin in past history, while also playing as Desmond Miles or an Initiate Assassin today, hunting down their Templar targets. The franchise focuses on a video game franchise published by Ubisoft and developed primarily by its studio Ubisoft Montreal. The main game genre in the series is stealth open-world action-adventure using the Anvil game engine and its more advanced derivatives. The series was inspired by the novel Alamut by Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol while building on concepts from the Prince of Persia series.
Assassin’s Creed games primarily revolve around the rivalry and conflict between two ancient secret societies: the Assassins, who represent freedom, and the Knights Templar, who represent order. Versions of these societies have been around for centuries, with the Assassins trying to prevent the Templars from gaining control of “Pieces of Eden”, artifacts that are capable of overriding free will to control people.
A live-action film adaptation debuted in December 2016. The franchise has inspired several manga series. Titan Comics released Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag -Kakusei- in English in 2017. Viz Media will release the first volume of Minoji Kurata’s Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun manga on February 16, 2021.
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