As we told you earlier in the week, Ubisoft will later this year be releasing a series of short films based around Assassin's Creed II. Shall we all take a look at the first details and pictures from these films?
Courtesy of a report from the LA Times, there will be 3 films in total, each running around 10-15 minutes long, all of which were shot at Hybride, the special effects house Ubisoft bought out around a year ago.
That name, Hybride, certainly seems apt in terms of the production, because around 70% of the "sets" for the short films (all of them shot against green screen) are ripped directly from the art assets for Assassin's Creed II. And it's not just the sets being shared between the two projects; most of the actors used worked on both the films and the game as well, meaning it's the same people providing the motion-capture and voice-acting for the game as are doing the acting in the movies.
As far as the release of these things, Ubisoft say they'll be put out individually in the months leading up to the release of Assassin's Creed II, with hints they'll later be bundled and sold as a DVD as well.
Video game publishers Microsoft, Ubisoft invading Hollywood's turf [LA Times]