Trying to take something popular (like a TV series, film or game) and trying to transfer it to another it to another medium is very dangerous ground, none more so than any attempt to translate a game into a novel which with the very rare exceptions in children’s and science-fiction genres invariably fails – “Gears of War: Aspho Fields” anyone? Didn’t think so!
But now hoping to harness the every growing wave of euphoria surrounding Assassin’s Creed 2’s imminent release Ubisoft and Penguin have unveiled Oliver Bowen’s “Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance” which will hopefully add a more culturally accepted face on the story behind the game.
Judging by the publisher’s description if will be following exactly the same story as the game (although I imagine with more dialogue, background historical information and description than blood, killing and combo kills, but I may be wrong!):
“Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, a man embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family’s honour, he will learn the art of the assassins. Along the way, Ezio will call upon the wisdom of Leonardo Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli – knowing that survival is bound to the skills by which he must live.”
Set to be released to the world a week after the Assassin’s Creed 2 game (which translates to a 27th November release date) but it’s already available to pre-order from a whole host of online stores for those a little more keen. But will it work? Or will it just be a painfully poor reflection of what promises to be a great game?
Hopefully the latter but only time will tell. I’m personally hoping to get my hands on a copy pretty soon after it’s out and will have read it before I’ve actually played the game (due to the delayed release of the PC version to which I remain faithful: curse Ubisoft!) so I’ll be able to give you a heads up as to whether Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance could be the bridge between games and books that as of yet has been lacking.
Via – Guardian