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Which Games Will The Upcoming Netflix Assassin’s Creed Series Adapt?

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BY October 28, 2020
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News broke today that Ubisoft and Netflix are teaming up to bring a live-action Assassin’s Creed series to our screens. The franchise has an extensive timeline full of in-depth lore, history, and mythology. Including the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, there are 12 main games in the franchise to draw upon. That’s not even mentioning the books, comics, and other media that is part of the universe.

Each game has a different setting, historical period, and protagonist. So how will Netflix adapt a franchise with such a diverse history? Let’s take a look at a few games in the Assassin’s Creed franchise that we think would make for great source material for a live-action adaptation from Netflix.

What Games Will An Assassin’s Creed Show Draw From?

Assassin's Creed Image via Ubisoft

The first game of the Assassin’s Creed franchise takes place during the Crusades. It follows the characters of Altair and Desmond Miles. The (literal) deus ex machina for the franchise appears in the very first game. It introduces a piece of technology called the Animus. The Animus allows individuals to essentially travel through time and experience the memories of their ancestors. The crux of the Assassin’s Creed franchise focuses on an centuries-long battle between the Knights Templar and the Secret Order of Assassins.

Adapting the first game of the franchise would make a certain amount of sense. There are legions of fans of the early games that love the characters of Altair and Desmond. However an argument could be made for an adaptation of the second game in the series. This time Desmond is reliving the memories of Ezio, another ancestor who lived during the Renaissance. Ezio is another beloved figure in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and stars in multiple games. The Renaissance era would also make for a visually compelling and culturally rich world for the series.

What Direction Will The Assassin’s Creed Adaptation On Netflix Take?

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey Image via Ubisoft

However, a strong argument can be made for an adaptation of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Or its predecessor Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Despite the subtitle of Origins, it is actually Odyssey that is the first chronological story. Odyssey also benefits from having a canonical woman “assassin” as the protagonist. This could confuse viewers who are unfamiliar with the story of Assassin’s Creed. Kassandra is not known as an assassin. She is a ‘misthios,’ or a mercenary living in an ancient Greek and Spartan world.

Kassandra’s battle is with the Order of the Ancients, an organization that will later transform into the Knights Templar. And it isn’t until the DLC of Odyssey that Kassandra really becomes involved with “The Hidden Ones,” who will become the Secret Order of Assassins. The world of Odyssey is full of historical and mythological subplots that could translate well to screen. Odyssey also has one very important element that the other games do not: magic. Kassandra is the only protagonist in the franchise that can use magic, something that relates both to her important heritage and the lore of the game. Although Assassin’s Creed is primarily a historical sci-fi series, the introduction of the gods and magic in Odyssey shifts the genre into fantasy.

Let Aya Be A Protagonist You Cowards

Assassin's Creed: Origins Image via Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed: Origins is another game that would make for a strong television series. Set in Ancient Egypt, it follows the trajectory of a married couple with Bayek and Aya. This time a young woman known as Layla is reliving the memories of both characters. She has her own intriguing character arc over the course of several games. Assassin’s Creed: Origins has a well-developed cast of characters. This includes some major historical figures like Cleopatra and Julius Caesar that would be exciting to see on-screen. Origins is also the only game with a predetermined romance. (You cannot romance any NPCs as Bayek. His dedication to Aya is very rare to find that in a game like this.)

Assassin's Creed: Origins Image via Ubisoft

Adapting Origins would also allow for the character of Aya to really shine on-screen. Originally Aya was going to be the protagonist of Origins, but sexism within the industry reduced her character to a supporting role. Ubisoft attempted to make up for this by making Kassandra the canonical protagonist of the next game: Odyssey. But it is still a shame that Aya never got her chance to be a main character. A live-action adaptation could course correct this mistake made by the developers. Aya is also the one who founds the organization known as ‘The Hidden Ones’ that later becomes the Secret Order of Assassins. So she is definitely a vital character in the history of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Could The Assassin’s Creed Series On Netflix Jump Around In Time?

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla Image via Ubisoft

Another possibility of course is that the live-action Assassin’s Creed series on Netflix will not stick solely to one game. It could dedicate a season to one of the games, before moving onto another in a following season. This would of course mean that the cast and setting of the show would be changing constantly. In a way this would make it more of an anthology series, following the battle between the Templars and Assassins throughout history. But that could also keep the show fresh and exciting, with a new protagonist every season. They tried this approach, to some extent, with Altered Carbon, down to the additional anime film.

And there is also a possibility that the Netflix series could simply write a new chapter for the franchise. It would be a risky move after the 2016 film that tried to do the same thing. But it could work if done right. This could all depend on the showrunner that Netflix hires to run the series. So far we don’t have any details on who will be working on this adaptation of Assassin’s Creed for Netflix. All we know is that Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik will serve as executive producers.

We will certainly be keeping a close eye on news of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed series for Netflix. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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