Posted on July 19, 2012 AT 07:21am
A very well known term within the film and media world is the term “toyetic.” If you are not familiar with it, a shot in the dark guess will most likely bring you to the correct conclusion. “Toyetic” describes a media property that can easily spawn multiple forms of merchandising, such as toys, films, video games, novels, comics and action figures. Since the popularity of gaming in the 90’s we’ve seen many popular franchises branch out into toys, films and many other forms of merchandise. What child in the 90’s was without at least a Mario shirt, figure or poster? One who wasn’t very happy with their parents, I’d wager to guess. The Mario world even expanded into an oft joked about film where John Leguizamo co-starred as Luigi and in one scene made goombas on an elevator dance.
So it is no shock that game series like Assassin’s Creed have been moving into other media realms as well, as there are talks of a feature film, there have been comic books and to date there have already been three novels by writer Anton Gill using the pen name of “Oliver Bowden.” Gill once again tackles the world of Assassin’s Creed for those of you who simply cannot get enough of Abstergo, the Templars and historical fiction involving hidden blades, this time tackling Connor from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III in the novel titled Assassin’s Creed Forsaken. If you are not up on your Assassin’s Creed III news, this title takes place during the American Revolution and features a Native American assassin named Connor who favors a tomahawk.
In the world of fiction, novel adaptations of games have been known to be hit or miss, mostly miss. Personally, I only remember reading the Doom series as a teenager and how the author had to create most of the story up from scratch as there was not exactly a lot to say about the character in Doom. There was something about the monsters eating food without amino acids and a kid who lost an arm, the rest is just a blur. It appears that the past Assassin’s Creed novels were simply straight novelizations of the plot from the games, so expect the same here. If you are looking to enjoy the world of Assassin’s Creed in places like Boston without the hassle of doing all of that pesky running up walls yourself, come December 4th for $9.99 you are in business.
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