It was announced on Monday through a Reuters report that Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemon is in discussion with online streaming giant Netflix for a new series. While there’s very little information to go off of other then the statement from Guillemon, it’s presumed Ubisoft intends to adapt one of its franchises such as Far Cry or Assassin’s Creed into a Netflix show. This is further implied after Ubisoft’s competitor Activision released a show based off their Skylanders franchise called Skylanders Academy on the streaming website, marketing it as Netflix’s first original show based off of a video game.
Activision itself has it’s own department called Activision Blizzard Studios to handle TV series and movies while Ubisoft has their own film department called Ubisoft Motion Pictures. That division is responsible for projects such as the Rabbids Invasion series for Nickelodeon as well as the up and coming Assassin’s Creed film starring Michael Fassbender this December. Last year, Nintendo briefly discussed a Legend of Zelda show for for Netflix before distancing themselves from the project all together.
While video game movies are legendarily cursed to utter failure in the public eye, Netflix and other streaming sites have experienced success with smaller franchises such as Stranger Things and Daredevil despite little public awareness. Some reasoning behind the failure of video game movies is the inability to capture the spirit and feel of the source material. However on a smaller scale, Ubisoft might have a better chance concentrating more substance and pacing into smaller episodes and hold a recipe for success. Hopefully in the future Ubisoft can carry one of their acclaimed franchises without collapsing in on itself like so many other franchises.