The first clip from Assassin’s Creed is finally here as the movie’s promotional tour kicks off in Australia, and as you can see, it sheds some light on how exactly the Animus works. It’s a little different to the video game series, but the end result is obviously still the same! For those of you unfamiliar with the premise, it takes whoever is connected to it back to a certain point in the life of their ancestor, though the clip does a great job of explaining that.

Whether or not it will be able to do the beloved video game series justice is another matter, but it definitely looks like director Justin Kurzel has managed to find the right balance between pleasing fans of those and coming up with a new story which can do its own thing.

The pressure is now on for Assassin’s Creed to be the first truly great video game adaptations anyway, and the film picks up with Callum Lynch in the present after he discovers he’s a descendant of the secret Assassins society through unlocked memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.

After gaining incredible knowledge and skills he’s poised to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day. Set in the same world as the game, but just how closely tied to them it will be remains to be seen. Assassin’s Creed stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Ariane Labed, and it reaches the UK in January.