The first trailer for the Hollywood adaptation of Ubisoft's popular Assassin's Creed has been published online. Starring Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons and Ariane Labed, the film appears to be based on the first Assassin's Creed game, although the setting has been shifted to Spain during the infamous Spanish Inquisition.
While recent games in the series have all but abandoned the modern-day story involving the Animus device, the film reverts to this format, placing Fassbender in both the modern day and the past. He plays Callum Lynch, who is kidnapped by Abstergo in the present and forced to relive the memories of one of his ancestors, a renowned member of the Assassin order who died 500 years previously.
Adapting games into films is a notoriously difficult process but it helps that the Assassin's Creed games are quite cinematic to begin with, and while the internet has raged against the use of a Kanye West song on the trailer, we think it looks about as faithful as it's possible to be to the spirit of the series. There's dual-blade action, lots of slow-motion leaping and even a jump from a tall building at the end. Danny Wallace is mericfully nowhere to be seen.
The movie is released this December, and will ironically lack a game to support it - Ubisoft has decided to give the franchise a year off in 2016. While we haven't have an Assassin's Creed title on a Nintendo console since Black Flag, there's a good chance the next instalment could hit the NX.