Castlevania producer teases a ‘warring ideology’ as basis of Assassin’s Creed animated series


Coming off the success of Castlevania’s first season on Netflix, producer Adi Shankar is looking to the future.

In an interview with Polygon about the success of the show, the conversation turned to Shankar’s next project: an animated adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise. Although Shankar couldn’t give away too much about the show, he did say he is using a storytelling approach with the characters and worlds in the Assassin’s Creed universe that’s similar to what he did with Castlevania. The series, Shankar said, will be about more than assassins hopping around town and taking down people who stand in their way.

“In the same way that Castlevania is about generations of a family across different time periods, Assassin’s Creed is more about a warring ideology,” Shankar said. “That is what Assassin’s Creed represents, that both [Assassins and Templars] have their own hypocrisies built into their own ideologies — and I want to explore those different, conflicting ideologies. That is the core mechanic of what makes Assassin’s Creed work.”

In the Assassin’s Creed fiction, Cain — as in the Biblical brothers Cain and Abel — founded the order that would eventually become known as the Knights Templar. One of the main differences between the Templars and the Assassins is their position on free will. While the Assassins hold that free will is central to humanity’s prosperity, the Templars oppose it, believing that people need order and structure to succeed.

Based on what Shankar said, this philosophical disagreement will likely be a core part of his Assassin’s Creed series.

There are still many aspects of the show that we don’t know about — including where the series will air and when it will premiere — but Shankar said things are in development, and more information is coming soon.

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