It seems the fruitful partnership between streaming giant Netflix and video game developer Ubisoft is going to result in a ton of new series over the next few years. In a joint announcement today, both companies revealed that a live-action Assassin’s Creed series will be heading to the platform sometime in the future. Maybe it won’t suck as much as the film a few years back…or the last five games in the series.
Peter Friedlander, VP of original series for Netflix, said in a statement, “We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for. 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.”
While nothing has yet come to fruition from Netflix and Ubisoft’s partnership, the two companies are also working on Splinter Cell and Beyond Good & Evil series that will debut sometime in the nebulous future. In other words, Netflix cut Ubisoft a massive check, and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot couldn’t resist.
What Guillemot can resist is actually addressing the allegations of workplace harassment and the culture of toxicity that has existed at the developer for two decades. Maybe someone should throw money at him so that he can take that seriously. I guess creating a live-action series based on a 13-year-old franchise that has been getting progressively worse and worse is more important, though.
Source: Netflix PR