Halo and Assassin's Creed 2 animated series previewed

Both Microsoft's Halo mega-franchise and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed are set to get their own spin off animated series. Assassin's Creed 2: Linea

Both Microsoft's Halo mega-franchise and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed are set to get their own spin off animated series.

Assassin's Creed 2: Lineage, a trio of short films, will act as prequel to the upcoming title, telling the tale of the hero Ezio's father and his life life as an assassin during the Italian Renaissance. The series is in post-production and features the same voice actors and writing talent.

Halo is going anime with a collection called Halo Legends. The seven episodes will be created by famous anime studios including Toei Animation (Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon) and Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell).

There's no word yet on how Assassin's Creed 2: Lineage will be distributed but Halo Legends will be previewed on Xbox LIVE this autumn with a DVD and digital release coming later this year.