Did you like the present day sequences in the Assassin’s Creed games? If you’re looking forward to the movie, I hope you did. IGN recently visited the movie set and talked with Executive Producer Pat Crowley about the video game adaptation. According to Crowley, the Assassin’s Creed movie is “65% present day, 35% past.”

And my hype just took a hit. The present day sequences never did much for me in the games. It helped bridge the overall story, but Assassin’s Creed is about traveling back in time and experiencing a slice of history. Not a romp through present-day wherever.

Michael Fassbender reiterated there are certain elements they “absolutely want to respect in the game.” But, “there are new things that we have to introduce.”

One of these new things could make the heavier-than-expected emphasis on present day easier to swallow.

The new Animus

I touched on this after watching the first trailer, but now the Animus is more important than ever. In the games, the Animus was a machine the main player sat in. It allowed the user to access their genetic memory.

In the Assassin’s Creed movie, the way the machine works is the same – but its portrayal is much different. Instead of sitting in a chair ala The Matrix, it appears Fassbender is attached to the machine at the waist. What Fassbender does in 15th century Spain, we see him do in the present day.

Assassin's Creed movie Animus

It will also better illustrate how we see Fassbender kicking ass in the present day in brief snippets of the trailer.

Assassin's Creed present day setting

In the games, it was described as the ‘bleeding effect.’ Desmond Miles acquired the combat and freerunning abilities of his ancestors after spending too much time in the Animus.

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The way the Animus is portrayed in the Assassin’s Creed movie is much more visually pleasing than watching Fassbender sitting in a chair. Fassbender admitted as much in a recent interview with Collider.

“Well, you know, we didn’t want to have something where you just sit in a seat. Number one, we’ve seen it before in The Matrix, and it’s also just not a very dramatic experience when we’re doing the modern-day version of the regression. We wanted to have the characters more physically involved in it.”

65% in the present day and 35% in the past is going to be a tough hurdle for the movie. The Animus upgrade has me a little more optimistic, but I hope the next trailer shows us more of the present day. Don’t show us every cool moment in 15th century Spain before the movie comes out.

What do you think about the Assassin’s Creed movie focusing more heavily on the present day setting? Thoughts on the new Animus?

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