There are many reasons why videogame movies have been pretty terrible to date, including massively overestimating the broad appeal of certain properties and major studios misunderstanding what makes these games successful in the first place.
There's also the issue that most games have pretty weak storylines when you take out the interactive element...
Regardless, the quest is still on to translate small screen success to a global blockbuster and one of the most likely contenders is Assassin's Creed. That's partly because it has a major star in Michael Fassbender but also due to the fact that the film seems to be taking the source material merely as a guideline.
So we get Fassbender as Callum Lynch in modern times who is forced to delve into his own genetic memory to spend time as his ancestor Aguilar in 15th Century Spain. It's a good set up for an adventure film that we're hoping doesn't feel the need to reference the games at all.
A couple of new images have popped up online showing Fassbender in both time period. And if nothing else it certainly does look glossy.
Fassbender is a good choice for a lead - he's got screen presence and there's an overall sense that he wouldn't attach himself to anything too silly. He's also been pretty open about the fact that he doesn't know much about the games, which is for the best really.
We're going to go ahead and assume that this film is aiming for a PG-13 rating (especially given the budget of over $150 million) and that's a little disappointing for such a bloodthirsty game but not at all surprising.
The rest of the cast is also impressive, including Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson. And it's all a bit of a reunion as director Justin Kurzel previously helmed Macbeth starring Fassbender and Cotillard.
Now if everyone involved can just make a decent big budget action adventure film with some fun sci-fi trappings and forget about doing cool references to hidden blades or any nods and winks to the source material then we could actually have a hit in the making.
Though honestly that budget seems a little too large to be a full success.
Assassin's Creed is coming to cinemas in December 2016. Expect a trailer soon.