Ubisoft Developing Animated Shows Based On Watch Dogs, Blood Dragon, And Rayman
"This is one hell of an apocalypse we're having!"
Ubisoft is expanding its television plans with a suite of animated series, including some surprising source material. The studio is planning shows revolving around Rayman, Watch Dogs, and the Far Cry 3 spin-off Blood Dragon.
THR reports that some of the animated series are what you might expect from Ubisoft's catalog. It will produce a Rabbids Invasion special following in the footsteps of its Nickelodeon show, and it's developing shows based on Rayman and the mobile game Hungry Shark. From there, though, the ideas get a little more surprising.
One series aimed at tweens is a "cyber-mystery" based on Watch Dogs. Another, which has lined up producer Adi Shankar (Netflix's Castlevania), is a young-adult series based on Blood Dragon. That tongue-in-cheek show will be called Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Vibe. The report also notes that Captain Laserhawk will form some kind of connected Ubisoft universe. Finally, Ubisoft is working on an animated sketch comedy show riffing on video game culture. You can see some of the teaser posters for the upcoming series below.
The Watch Dogs and Far Cry series are generally rated M, so targeting younger viewers with cartoons based on those worlds is unexpected. Blood Dragon was a retro riff on Far Cry 3, and since then Ubisoft has used the name for other projects, most notably a similarly neon-apocalypse themed Trials expansion.
"Every show has a different target that it's aiming at and a different format," said Helene Juguet, managing director of Ubisoft Film & Television. About the Watch Dogs series, she said, "Adi is such a great fan of video games. We share the same culture and references. It's been great to give him the freedom to do something very fresh and bold with our characters."