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'Assassin's Creed' Gets Animated Series From 'Castlevania' Producer

Movies based on videogames have a (not entirely unjustified) bad reputation. The critical and audience reaction met by the recent adaptation of the Assassin's Creed franchise didn't do anything to change that. Creators Ubisoft are not giving up, however, and are apparently trying a different route- an animated series.

The Assassin's Creed games take place in a series of historical settings, including Crusade era Jerusalem, Renaissance Italy, Colonial America and Victorian London. They're also framed using a sci-fi set-up, where future tech allows people to experience life through the eyes of their ancestors. In this case, all said ancestors happen to be members of the Assassin's Guild, an organisation that has been locked in a mortal struggle with the Knights Templar through the Ages.

The project was revealed by producer Adi Shankar, whose animated adaptation of classic game Castlevania will arrive on Netflix on July 7.  He says that Ubisoft has asked him to create an original story set in the AC Universe. Could it be set in one of the eras the game has already tackled (the next game will take the franchise to Ancient Egypt) or follow the movie's lead and use a whole new setting?

Shankar describes the project as "anime". We would assume that as with Castlevania this means that the series will attempt to recreate the mood and feel of Japanese animation, rather than suggest it would be produced in Japan. But details are thin on the ground so of course, we could be wrong on that

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