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Christmas is coming early for fans of video game series Assassin’s Creed – or at least it is for those in America. 21st December is the date the much-anticipated film adaptation opens that side of the pond. UK viewers will have to wait until next year – well, January 1, 2017 to be precise. Happy New Year!

Since debuting in 2007 there have been 9 games, plus another 11 offshoots. That’s a lot of material and, perhaps in an attempt not to anger fans of one game over another, a new character, Callum Lynch/Aguilar de Nerha, has been created for the film, played by Michael Fassbender. In this tale, career criminal Callum Lynch is rescued from his own execution by Abstergo Industries, the modern-day incarnation of the Templar Order. He is forced to participate in the Animus Project and relive the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha, an Assassin in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. As Lynch continues to experience Aguilar’s memories, he begins to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the Templars—age-old enemies of the Assassins—in the present day.

Could this be a bona fide, actually good game adaptation (the jury is still pretty much out on Warcraft)? More news as we get it.