The Ubisoft logo is seen at the Ubisoft E3 press conference, June 10, 2019 in Los Angeles. - The E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 11-13. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Is Ubisoft ready for the small screen? All indications point to a resounding yes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the French video game maker’s film and television department is currently developing a full lineup of animated television shows based on its popular video game franchises. This would certainly not be Ubisoft’s first foray into the realm of television, as it already has two shows on network television that have become surprise hots.
Rabbids Invasion has had four seasons so far, airing across France 3, Nickelodeon and Netflix. And with the show having proved itself to be popular, it may have given the execs at Ubisoft the idea of mining their popular video game franchises to see which other ones would make for great animated TV for the kiddos.
The company currently has several TV spinoffs in the works for younger kids — a comedy-adventure based on the popular Rayman franchise and Hungry Shark Squad, which was inspired by the Hungry Shark phone game.
“Every show has a different target that it’s aiming at and a different format,” Helene Juguet, Ubisoft’s managing director for film and television, said to THR.
While the Rayman-based series and Hungry Shark Squad are certainly geared toward kids, Ubisoft hasn’t forgotten about its older fanbase.
In the works is also a series based around the Watch Dogs action-adventure franchise. Don’t worry, parents, Ubisoft has plans to tone down the M-rated content seen in its video game counterpart for the animated series.
While it’s starting to develop its shows, Ubisoft has also shown that it’s still fully committed to Netflix, joining forces with the streaming giant for the series Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Vibe, which is also based on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, which will also be toned down for television.
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