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Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell Movies Already In Line For Sequels

The film adaptations of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell properties might become franchises before their first movies are even released. Variety reports that the films' production company is hoping to give both IPs the "sequel treatment."

New Regency is producing both movies while the Taiwanese corporation Catchplay is co-financing them. The CEO of Catchplay recently said that the films are "both adaptations of successful Ubisoft games and would make for ideal sequels."

The upcoming Assassin's Creed movie is in post-production, and will be released in theaters across the world on December 21. Splinter Cell is set to star Tom Hardy in the lead role, and is predicted to see release in 2017.

[Source: Variety]

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Win Three Signed McFarlane Toys Assassin’s Creed Figures Before You Can Buy Them

McFarlane Toys is getting ready to release a new batch of Assassin’s Creed figures next month. And we have a few you can win before you can buy them in stores.

The trio of new figures appearing in McFarlane's Series 5 feature three different heroes. Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations star Ezio Auditore appears in his Il Tricolore outfit.

Assassin’s Creed III’s Connor will be available in his unhooded Revolutionary costume. Finally, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s Jacob Frye rounds out the series in his patriotic Union outfit.

These won’t be available to purchase until mid-April, but you can win them this week. The best part? Each of the prizes will be signed by Todd McFarlane.

In order to win, leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite Assassin’s Creed game is and why. One entry per person, please. 

You’ve got until Friday, March 25 at 12 p.m. Central. We’ll contact winners via direct message to collect your info once selected.

Good luck!

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Win Three Signed McFarlane Toys Assassin’s Creed Figures Before You Can Buy Them

McFarlane Toys is getting ready to release a new batch of Assassin’s Creed figures next month. And we have a few you can win before you can buy them in stores.

The trio of new figures appearing in McFarlane's Series 5 feature three different heroes. Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations star Ezio Auditore appears in his Il Tricolore outfit.

Assassin’s Creed III’s Connor will be available in his unhooded Revolutionary costume. Finally, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s Jacob Frye rounds out the series in his patriotic Union outfit.

These won’t be available to purchase until mid-April, but you can win them this week. The best part? Each of the prizes will be signed by Todd McFarlane.

In order to win, leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite Assassin’s Creed game is and why. One entry per person, please. 

You’ve got until Friday, March 25 at 12 p.m. Central. We’ll contact winners via direct message to collect your info once selected.

Good luck!

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Take A First Look At The Upcoming Comic Series Assassin’s Creed: Templars

A new ongoing Assassin’s Creed series from Titan Comics will be released later this month. Templars will be the second monthly series from the publisher set in the Assassin’s Creed universe.

Assassin’s Creed: Templars is set in Shanghai in 1927. The conflict between the Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist government will set the backdrop for the series. Fred Van Lente, the writer of Marvel Zombies 3 and 4, is handling the script. Dennis Calero, the illustrator behind Marvel’s 2006 X-Factor series, will pencil the book.

Assassin’s Creed: Templars hits shelves on March 23. For a first look at the book’s interior, check out the gallery below.

Assassin's Creed is also receiving a movie adaptation, which is currently in post-production. For $ 600, you can also get a statue of the film’s lead character with your ticket.

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Analyzing the HUD-less design of Assassin’s Creed

“The first Assassin’s Creed was designed to be playable fully without any HUD elements. I’m talking no map, markers, icons, controls. The addition of HUD in the game was clearly a late one.” …


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How Did Assassin’s Creed IV Art Get Into The Uncharted 4 Trailer?

This morning, Naughty Dog dropped an impressive-looking trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Hidden inside though, was a surprising piece of artwork possibly created by another publisher.

Assassin’s Creed head of content Azaïza Aymar took to Twitter, posting the clip from the trailer and what appears to be another piece of art allegedly created by another publisher (timestamp 1:36 in the trailer). The concept piece in question may come from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The difference appears to be only the removed character standing by the boat on the beach. We’ve reached out to Sony for comment or clarification. We've also approached Ubisoft for more information. We’ll update should we receive a response from either.

[Source: Azaïza Aymar on Twitter]

 

Our Take
While there has been an accusation levied, it is important to note that Sony has not had an opportunity to respond. It is possible that this was done with permission and is intended as an homage or collegial nod. This may seem nefarious on the surface, but until we have the entire story, which we continue to investigate, it is prudent not to jump to conclusions.

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Ubisoft promises big revenues, despite Assassin’s Creed taking a break

The big French publisher is expecting major things from its next fiscal year, despite a downtrend for the publisher and its star franchise’s vacation. …


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Ubisoft Confirms No New Assassin’s Creed This Year, Watch Dogs Coming By March 2017

Ubisoft has confirmed reports that the main branch of the Assassin’s Creed franchise is taking a break this year. A note from the publisher reveals that the decision goes back to the feedback received from the troubled launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity.

“This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise,” the company says. “As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”

In January, rumors circulated indicating that the series would skip 2016. Reports also indicated that the next installment will take us to ancient Egypt.

In its earnings report for the quarter, Ubisoft lays out plans for the coming fiscal year (April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017). Included are For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, a new Watch Dogs game, and “a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services.”

Ubisoft will be holding its third quarter earnings call this afternoon. 

 

Our Take
This is the right call for the Assassin’s Creed series. Despite Syndicate’s critical acclaim, sales suffered on the potent memories of Unity’s failures. A retooled Assassin’s Creed could re-energize excitement from fans that have drifted away. 

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia Launch Trailer Also Touts Three-Game Bundle

Ubisoft has wrapped up its 2D experimental Assassin’s Creed series with today’s launch of Chronicles: Russia. With the arc now complete, you can also purchase a retail bundle featuring all three games.

The series has taken us around the globe to new playable locations. You can journey through 1526 China with Shao Jun (featured in Assassin's Creed: Embers), 1841 India with Arbaaz Mir (the focus of Assassin's Creed: Brahman), and 1918 Russia with Nikolaï Orelov (star of the Assassin’s Creed: The Fall comic).

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You can read our review of the India installment for more. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia is out today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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The Assassin’s Creed Movie Has Wrapped Up Filming

The Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender wrapped up filming yesterday. The head of content for the franchise, Azaïzia Aymar, snapped a picture of the crew together on set to celebrate the occasion:

The movie is entering post-production now. It's set for release on December 21st of this year.

Film adaptations of video games have a reputation for being…less than great but the talent for the film is pretty impressive: Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons all have roles and Justin Kurzel, who directed a pretty solid version of Macbeth and the creepy drama The Snowtown Murders, is at the helm for it.

Source: [Twitter via Destrutoid]

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