Ubisoft is promoting its upcoming sequel Assassin’s Creed Lineage with a series of short films covering the game’s pre-story.  GameTrailers is featuring a video trailer for the shorts.  The short film series is scheduled to launch on October 27 on the front page of YouTube in eight countries, eventually rolling out three shorts totaling about 38 minutes.

Talking to John Gaudiosi at VentureBeat, Ubisoft’s Yannis Mallat says the production value in the shorts is the same as what they would have pursued for a full length feature based on the franchise.  The short films combine live actors with CG effects.  Ubisoft has enlisted Hybride Technologies, the effects house responsible for the live action and heavy CG combination in the film 300.   Mallat says the film shorts are part of Ubisoft exploring filmmaking, and it may someday position them to simultaneously create games and related films in-house.  Gaudiosi writes that the company plans to grow their film division to 500 people by 2013.

Watch the video trailer for the shorts at GameTrailers {link no longer active}.

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