As a Uplay account member, sometimes you get those spammy emails from Ubisoft notifying you of “all the latest news and offers!”. Last night was different, however. Instead, I received an email asking me for my opinions on Assassin’s Creed, and as a fan of the series I of course took the bait.
Thinking that the survey may have been about the upcoming new entry in the Assassin’s Creed videogame series, I was surprised to find that it actually wanted my thoughts on the Assassin’s Creed movie released around two months ago. More interestingly, it also asked me what I’d like to see in a new Assassin’s Creed movie.
Would you still be interested if Marion Cotillard wasn’t in it? It asks. What about Michael Fassbender? In fact, one question asks upright if you’d rather a sequel had an entirely new setting with new actors, perhaps indicating that Ubisoft are considering distancing the possible new movie from the last. Truthfully selecting the answers to the myriad of questions thrown in my face, I told them that I’d like a new Assassin’s Creed movie to have more historical scenes, more focus on the war between the Assassins and Templars, and to bring the Apple and other pieces of Eden more into focus. To be honest, I’m not overly fussed if they continue or reboot the story – I’ll still go see it regardless – though for the record, I thought the casting was pretty solid.
The Assassin’s Creed movie took quite a beating from critics when it was released. I thought it was all rather unfair really – it’s certainly one of the better movie adaptations of a videogame franchise out there, if not actually the best. Its IMDb user score of 6.3 certainly indicates that it perhaps resonated more with audiences than professional reviewers. If you missed it at the cinemas, keep an eye out for its DVD and Blu-Ray release in May. There are certainly worse ways for fans of the series to waste a couple of hours.