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Assassin’s Creed: Into the Animus (2016)
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Assassin’s Creed: Into the Animus (2016)

A perfect companion piece to the film that fans will want to flip through parkour style.

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As popular as the Assassin’s Creed franchise is, it was inevitable that a movie would come of it. Now that the film is out in theaters, there has to be a book that goes deep into the mythos of the Assassin’s Creed titles and those featured in the movie, right? That book is Assassin’s Creed: Into the Animus that’s written by Ian Nathan and published by our friends at Insight Editions. Featuring some nice behind the scenes shots from the film, concept art, interviews with cast and crew members, and plenty of interesting bits of information to accompany them, this book makes a perfect companion piece to both the film and fans of the franchise itself.

Delving deep into the filmmaking process, the research that went into bringing the horrendous Spanish Inquisition to life in this adventure, to the intense filming in present-day Spain, this book captures everything you wanted to know about the Assassin’s Creed film. Interviews with director Justin Kurzel, cast members such as star Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, along with the amazing stunt team and crew members fill out this 160 page book that also includes awesome images from the movie as well as concept art for the costumes, weapons used, and more. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also detailed parkour stunt schematics for daredevils who read this book and wish to try their hand at pulling them off, as well as Callum Lynch’s Animus Report that goes into detail of his experiences in the infamous machine.

As with previous Insight Editions releases, this amazing book features a beautiful hardcover outside and is printed on high quality, glossy paper to give it that perfect, solid feel as you flip through its pages. You can tell Ian Nathan did an excellent job doing his research on the movie and game series as you make your way through all of the information this tome contains, and there’s also a foreword by Gérard Guillemot (brother of Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot) that’s a nice bonus touch.

Fans of the games and film will want to use clever parkour skills to make their way to a local bookstore and secure a copy of Assassin’s Creed: Into the Animus for their collection. It has everything you could possibly want to know about the film along with some things you wouldn’t expect, and it comes together in a beautifully made book that looks good on your bookcase or coffee table that readers will enjoy every time they jump into its pages.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell