‘Assassin’s Creed’ Trailer Analysis: ‘Warcraft’ Movie Stands No Chance?

‘Assassin’s Creed’ Trailer Analysis: ‘Warcraft’ Movie Stands No Chance?
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“Assassin’s Creed’s” first trailer has just been released, undoubtedly gorgeous. But how does it stack up to the film adaptation of another popular video game: ‘Warcraft’?


Gamers seem to have gotten what they wanted for Christmas as two film adaptations of popular video game franchises are to be released this year. With both vying to be the best video game movie of the year, this is going to be one wild ride.

‘Warcraft’ seems to be the popular choice, which for many easily overshadowed its competition. With a franchise spanning 2 decades, it’s no wonder why Blizzard’s franchise is getting all the limelight.

By the looks of the new trailer for “Assassin’s Creed’s” however, the 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the Ubisoft action-adventure title seems to be a blockbuster in the making. With great use of CGI to give the same atmosphere as the game itself, it could easily be mistaken for another video game trailer. If not for the choice of using a Kanye song instead of dramatic vocalizations like other historical movies it would have been the best trailer of the year.

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According to The Guardian, “Assassin’s Creed” will not be like other movie adaptations of popular video games. With the majority of adaptations being produced by people who have barely immersed themselves in the game exemplified by how Disney botched their adaptation of “The Prince of Persia.”

This time Ubisoft, the game’s creators, are at the helm making sure that the movie stays to the spirit of the game. Although the film doesn’t follow the story from any of the games, the production has studied the titles very closely and created near-perfect incarnation right down to the props.

Compare this to “Warcraft” where, according to Gamespot, lead star Travis Fimmel didn’t even heard of the game before signing on. Although this might be offset by Fimmel’s role as Ragnar in the History series Vikings with fans already seeing as perfect for the warrior role.

Although both films rely on the use of CGI to show the splendor of their source material, “Warcraft” heavily relies on it for the majority of the film. Being set in a fantasy world most of the cast and creatures require large amounts of editing.

Lastly, there’s the plot, Universal Picture’s adaptation of the Blizzard title relies on the audience having prior knowledge of the story which is why they release a graphic novel to accompany the movie. 20th Century Fox’s adaptation can pass off as a regular action-adventure movie to the average movie goer.

Other stuff like release dates, budgets, cast, gives the films slight advantages over each other. Ultimately, it is up for fans to decide which of the two is the best video game movie adaptation of the year.

‘Warcraft’ is set for release on June 10, 2016, while ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is set for release on December 21, 2016.

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  • IlluminatedJinx

    Travis Fimmel’s unfamiliarity with Warcraft before his role is irrelevant. Not to mention you completely forgot to mention that not only is Duncan Jones a huge fan of the Warcraft games, but so is Robert Kazinsky, who plays Orgrim, as well as the visual effects director for the movie, and Daniel Wu’s wife plays WoW, so he has some familiarity with the games. I think Warcraft will do extremely well.

    Also, it shouldn’t be a competition between the two movies. 1) The release 6 months apart; with Assassin’s Creed coming out just days before the new year, and 2) Both movies need to do well to prove to people that video games can be adapted into films; trying to pit them against each other is counter productive.