As the franchise's fans are holding their breath to see if the Assassin's Creed movie will manage to defeat the infamous video-game-to-movie curse, Ubisoft is slowly releasing new footage such as this behind-the-scenes clip revealed at E3. And to be fair, it looks stunningly gorgeous.
Director Justin Kurzel and lead actor Michael Fassbender have explained before that the movie was about going back to the roots of the Assassin's Creed story, which has now expanded into countless games. In the featurette, Kurzel dives deeper into what these features are all about:
"I think 'Assassin's Creed' has a really deep concept and idea, which is going back into time and having some sort of relationship with the ancestor that's come before you."
While the movie isn't going to be entirely based on the games, what better way to get a sense of this concept inherent to Assassin's Creed than looking back at some of the best quotes of the earlier games? One of the main reasons for the success of the franchise was the characters' moving storylines and the powerful statements they made along the way. And for the gamers out there, it's the perfect nostalgia session that will surely make you impatient for the big screen version.
Read on for 8 of the best quotes in the Assassin's Creed franchise (but don't watch the videos if you don't want to spoil the games!).
1. Assassin's Creed
Jubair: Why? Why have you done this?
Altaïr: Men must be free to do what they believe. It is not our right to punish one for thinking what they do, no matter how much we disagree.
Jubair: Then what?
Altaïr: You of all people should know the answer. Educate them. Teach them right from wrong. It must be knowledge that frees them, not force.
2. Assassin's Creed II
Federico: It is a good life we lead, brother.
Ezio: The best. May it never change.
Federico: And may it never change us.
3. Assassin's Creed II
Ezio: Twenty-two years ago, I stood where I stand now — and watched my loved ones die, betrayed by those I had called friends. Vengeance clouded my mind. It would have consumed me, were it not for the wisdom of a few strangers, who taught me to look past my instincts. They never preached answers, but guided me to learn from myself. We don't need anyone to tell us what to do; not Savonarola, not the Medici. We are free to follow our own path. There are those who will take that freedom from us, and too many of you gladly give it. But it is our ability to choose — whatever you think is true — that makes us human... There is no book or teacher to give you the answers, to show you the path. Choose your own way! Do not follow me, or anyone else.
4. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Ezio: I have lived my life as best I could, not knowing its purpose, but drawn forward like a moth to a distant moon. And here, at last, I discover a strange truth. That I am only a conduit for a message that eludes my understanding. Who are we, who have been so blessed to share our stories like this? To speak across centuries? Maybe you will answer all the questions I have asked. Maybe you will be the one to make all this suffering worth something in the end.
5. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Subject 16: What is a man but the sum of his memories, we are the stories we live, the tales we tell ourselves!
6. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Ezio: To say, 'nothing is true,' is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say, 'everything is permitted,' is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.
7. Assassin's Creed III
Connor Kenway: I realize now that it will take time. That the road is long and shrouded in darkness. It is a road that will not always take me where I wish to go, but I will travel down it nonetheless.
8. Assassin's Creed: Embers
Ezio: When I was a young man, I had liberty, but I did not see it. I had time, but I did not know it. And I had love, but I did not feel it. Many decades would pass before I understood the meaning of all three. And now, the twilight of my life, this understanding has passed into contentment.
There's a lot more moments that could be added to this list, but these eight quotes already go to show the meaningfulness of the games — which, hopefully, we'll find again in the movie.
Assassin's Creed is out December 21, 2016.