With eleven games, many books, and a Hollywood box-office hit, Assassin’s Creed is one of the most coveted video games loved and played by gamers worldwide. The riveting game narrative revolves around the ongoing conflict between the Assassins, who signify freedom and the Knights Templar, who signify order, bordering on oppression.
Set in brilliant chronology with extremely engrossing plotlines, after Netflix announced their collaboration with Ubisoft to adapt this beloved video game into a Netflix Original series, the latter has a lot to live up to!
It is expected that the series shall be meted out the same treatment as that of the well-received Netflix series The Witcher, where the show shall have the main series, a subsequent spin-off as well an animated series. In the original announcement, they said that “adaptations of live-action, animated, and anime series” is on the cards.
The showrunner remained undecided according to the original announcement, but, in April 2021, with the proclamation of having roped in a “couple of talents”, it is possible that there are certain significant changes in the production team.
With multiple other Ubisoft collaborations on the line, fans are eagerly waiting for the release of the series. Here is everything we need to know about the release of the Netflix series adapted from Assassin’s Creed.
Everything we need to know about Netflix’s Assassin’s Creed
When is Assassin’s Creed coming to Netflix?
In October 2020, Netflix had made an official announcement of a collaboration with Ubisoft to create possible series and films based on the company’s well-acclaimed video game Assassin’s Creed. While the announcement did not contain much except for the unfurling of the official logo, one can always make speculations regarding the possible release date for the series.
The crew associated with this project is currently hard at work with the Netflix Far Cry animated series, which shall possibly be followed by the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. As long as the series is prioritised right after Far Cry, we can hope for a late 2021 or an early 2022 release or latest, by 2023.
What are the possible plot points in Assassin’s Creed?
Nothing has been revealed yet about the series and the possible plotlines that shall be a part of the series. However, we can only hope for a bloody, gruesome and engrossing battle between the Brotherhood and the Templars. The series could follow the film’s suit and base the story in the Assassin’s Creed universe or could take a more focused approach, centring the series on the lives of protagonists such as Ezio, Altair or Kenway.
Fans could only hope to see something new that will hopefully not overlap the gameplay, as repetitiveness is one of the biggest critiques of the game. To see new assassins from different cultures and eras must be part of the aim.
Who are the crew members associated with the project?
Fans are eagerly awaiting news regarding the casting decisions that shall possibly be announced soon. They could switch up the characters and create new character arcs. The only things revealed are the two names attached to the projects, including Danielle Kreinik and Jason Altman. Altman is a well-known figure in the production area, having served as a producer on Mythic Quest and Werewolves Within.
Kreinik, a veteran in the entertainment industry, has developed Hulu’s Endgame and Netflix’s Assembly Required. Both Altman and Kreinik serve as senior developers in the film and television departments at Ubisoft.
Who is animating the series?
The studio responsible for animating the series is Raving Rabbids, Ubisoft’s internal studio. They are currently busy working on Far Cry that will be called Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Vibe, a project that was announced in October 2019.
Since the series is allegedly active development, it is expected that the production and animation for the Assassin’s Creed series shall start soon.
How did the 2016 film influence the series?
In April 2021, at a Eurogamer interview with Aymar Azaizia and Etienne Bouvier, Azaizia said that Justin Kurzel’s 2016 film had inspired their series a lot as they have “learnt a lot from the movie and have a really strong team behind it”. Azaizia confirmed that since “the TV series format works better to craft an Assassin’s Creed story”, the show will have “multiple timelines, Assassins, Templars, Isu” and more that shall complement the character arc.
The film, starring Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard, revolved around the journey of Callum Lynch when he travels to 15th-century Spanish society and sees the genetic memories that are confined in his DNA being unlocked. He explores the memories related to his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, and learns the skills, knowledge and tricks of being the Master Assassin. Soon he takes over the coveted and oppressive Templar society.