After the first attempt failed to live up to fan-hype, Ubisoft is once again resurrecting the Assassin’s Creed franchise in live-action format and this time, they are bringing Netflix on-board. A new partnership between the streaming platform and the video game company is set to see not one, but three different variations of the franchise hit screens. Ubisoft unveiled the new partnership in a blog post on Wednesday, revealing that the live-action series will be a ‘genre-bending’ epic.
According to Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television – Los Angeles, there will be live-action, animated and anime series heading to Netflix in a monster deal that comes essentially out of left-field. “For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise,” Altman said. “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.”
For fans, the announcement is a big win. After debuting in 2007, Assassin’s Creed has gone on to sell over 155 million copies of its various titles. The open-world games explore the war between the rival secret orders of the Assassins and the Templars, making use of advanced machines to access the genetic memories of Assassins in different periods, tacking down powerful artifacts called Pieces of Eden.
With a much-loved storyline, the best-selling game franchise is perfectly placed to transition into the film and television circuit, however, previous attempts didn’t quite hit the mark. With Netflix boasting a catalogue of exceptional originals and a history of turning video game giants into cultural phenomenons, such as The Witcher, the move looks promising. At the moment, the live-action series is currently searching for a showrunner, with Ubisoft Film & Television’s Altman and Danielle Kreinik to serve as executive producers.
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” Peter Friedlander, vice president, original series, Netflix said. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”
It comes just weeks before the latest Assassin’s Creed title hits shelves. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is out on November 10 for Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Stadia; for PlayStation 5 on November 12.