With the increasing popularity of video games over the past 20 years or so, the curiosity surrounding the story behind the games has also become just as popular. Now, I know movies based on video games is a bit of a sore subject amongst you fellow gamers as there is a lot of evidence to support the discontinuation of movies based on video games. But in recent years it does appear that there have been a few glimmers of hope and some unexpected surprises with such content. The main example I have for this is Forward Unto Dawn, the Halo based live action series. It wasn’t a movie as such, but it did show a very popular universe brought to us in a different way.
Ubisoft are planning not one, not two, but six different franchises to be mirrored on the big screen. Titles that are involved in this plan include franchises such as; Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell and many more.
Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot also shares my views on this, that we could be at a turning point with this sort of feature and believes the upcoming films will be done right. “The best way to [make sure a video game movie doesn’t fall flat] is to make sure you control what is important in movie creation. It’s the scenario and the cast and the director. And if you are capable of negotiating with those guys in the movie production studios, making sure they are on the same page as you, that they understand the IP – what is strong, what makes it interesting for the gamers – then you can create something that will match people’s expectations.”
Guillemot also believes that these movies can improve future games titles using the special effects to create a more immersive cinematic. “For example, if you do a movie and you have lots of special effects, lots of creations of worlds and characters, you can pick that up and put that in your game. So, the games become richer, more alive, and more cinematic.”
What are your thoughts? Should video games and moves stay as they are or do you want to see more videogame based moves and vice-versa?