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Microsoft, Ubisoft creating short films based on Halo and Assassin's Creed

July 22, 2009 | 11:18 pm

Assassin3 Who needs Hollywood? At Comic-Con today, video game companies are scheduled to reveal in two separate panels extensive details on their plans to produce short films based on their top franchises -- with no help from big shot movie studios.

As a story in today's Times explains, this portends a significant shift in the relationship between video game publishers and movie studios, which until now has primarily involved game companies licensing movie franchises from Hollywood studios.

On the Company Town blog, there's more details on just what these projects are. Microsoft, for example, is producing seven anime shorts set in the universe of Halo, its massively popular science-fiction shooter game. And Ubisoft is making three live action films that serve as prequels to its upcoming Assassin's Creed II game.

--Ben Fritz

Photo: On the set of "Assassin's Creed II: Lineage." Credit: Ubisoft.