Assassin's Creed Toys Intended To Introduce The Brand To Kids

Assassin's Creed Toys Intended to Introduce the Brand to Kids

A Ubisoft brand manager has made some eyebrow-raising comments about Assassin's Creed's Mega Bloks range at a conference in Toronto, GamesIndustry reports.

"For big IPs, smart brands are the best partners," said Splinter Cell international brand manager Yannick Spagna said on a panel. "[Assassin's Creed] do a line with Mega Bloks together. On their side, it's nice because toys are looking for the hype around video games. And we are looking for a new audience: kids, children, it's more like that."

He later clarified his comments, stating that although the games (usually rated 18 in the UK and M in the US) are not suitable for kids, the brand somehow is. "This quote is not about Assassin's Creed the game. It's about Assassin's Creed the brand. It's the same way you have The Lord of the Rings brand, the books, Shadow of Mordor, the LEGO. It's a huge franchise, a brand, and within that you have different experiences that are tailored to specific audiences... If you think about it, we could even do an Assassin's Creed game tailored for kids. Imagine a LEGO game. It would mean changing a lot of things… I played hours and hours of LEGO Lord of the Rings, and you kill people but not kill people, because they're LEGO characters."

Yeah... honestly, I'm not sure a kiddie-oriented version of a game literally built around stabbing people to death would go down all that well, if I'm honest. Lord of the Rings is rather more firmly in the fantasy genre than Assassin's Creed, whose violence is considerably more humanised and (sorry) visceral. It's not like kids need any help stoking their fascination with adult-oriented games, anyway - I've lost count of the number of times I've had to tell my partner's 8-year-old boy that there's no way in hell he's playing Grand Theft Auto, and there ain't no toy range involved there.

Mega Bloks also do Halo, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty-flavoured sets, but on the toy brand's website and elsewhere they're clearly labelled as for "collectors" rather than kids. It seems Mr Spagna may have revealed the truth behind that branding.

Ubisoft wants to expand Assassin's Creed audience to kids - GamesIndustry International [GamesIndustry]

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    Incidentally I saw Call of Duty Mega Bloks at Kmart today in the toy section. I had two thoughts. "Surely COD isn't for kids", and "Why would you buy Mega Bloks when the rest of the aisle is filled with Lego?"

    Oh this is just sick and perverted.

    But all those characters have faces.

    How will they make the connection with the games?

    Isn't their a movie in the works? I imagine if they are making a movie they are planning on making the brand much larger. If the movie is rated M or something most M rated movies still have toys produce. I had some terminator toys when I was a kid and I'm pretty sure that was rated M or MA.

      I think you might even find that Terminator was originally rated R.

      Same with the Alien movies.

      I don't really see a problem with this.

    I had plenty of toys with weapons when I was a kid, and I'm sure I made them pretend stab each other. I don't see that this is that different.

    Toxic Crusaders was one of my favourite cartoons as a kid, but even now, I've never seen the Troma movie that it was based on.

      So if the Walter White action figure didn't come with a bag of blue, mothers in Florida wouldn't be complaining about his 38. It's a messed up set of mothers complaining.

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