Kerry Brown
Kevin P. Sullivan
October 26, 2016 AT 05:22 PM EDT

An incredible amount of work goes into making a movie on the scale of Assassin’s Creed, the latest attempt at a big-budget video game adaptation. And setting action in both the near future and medieval Spain meant that director Justin Kurzel and the production had to create two worlds for star Michael Fassbender to inhabit. 

A new featurette for the film explores the complicated nature of the production and the lengths that the filmmakers went to to make a movie that satisfies both experienced gamers and those new to the ancient war between assassins and templars. Big priorities for Kurzel and Fassbender were favoring practical effects whenever possible and portraying the parkour in a dynamic way.

Another key reveal of the featurette is the first glimpse of an Apple of Eden, artifacts from the video game series that have incredible power and shaped the course of history. The items are essential to the core mythology of the games, so fans of the franchise will be no doubt excited to see one making a cameo in the film at the very least. 

Assassin’s Creed hits theaters on Dec. 21.

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