If you’re a fan of video games and dark, gritty anime-style cartoons, you’ve probably already got the release date of Netflix’s animated Castlevania series—July 7, to be specific—marked on your calendar. But now it’s time to get hyped for another, as the producers of the series have announced their next project will be an animated Assassin’s Creed series.
The announcement was made July 5 by producer Adi Shankhar, who also created the Katee Sackhoff-led fan film ofPower Rangers that swept the internet in 2015. “I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series.”
The odds are good that, like Castlevania, this series will also find its home on Netflix; according to IGN the streaming service was in talks with Ubisoft to produce a series in November 2016, and head of content Aymar Azaizia confirmed that Ubisoft was working on an Assassin’s Creed TV show in a Reddit AMA three months ago. It seems pretty likely that this is all the same series.Although I found the recent Assassin’s Creed movie to be fun in its goofiness, it only managed a 18% on Rotten Tomatoes overall and many moviegoers walked away disappointed in the film’s barebones plot. It’ll be interesting to see if Shankhar’s series better navigates the rich history of the Templars and the Assassins, and whether or not animation will prove a more compelling medium for the slick action sequences and parkour-style stunts the franchise is known for. Lord knows it seems to be working pretty well for the Castlevania series so far, if only because it’s super reminiscent of already existing vampire animes like Hellsing.
What do you think—will you be giving this series a shot? Take a leap of faith into the comments and let us know what you think.