Jul 31, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’ Characters, Gameplay & Release Date: Ubisoft Returning Present-Day Plot With Male, Female Leads; Movie Adaptation’s Details Revealed

Game developer Ubisoft revealed that the upcoming "Assassin's Creed: Syndicate" game will feature a modern-day setting that will explain the game's long-running Assassin-Templar war and male and female protagonists. 

Also, in a separate report, film director Justin Kurzel spilled the details of the upcoming live-action film based on the "Assassin's Creed" series.

In Gamespot's interview with Marc-Alexis Cote, the creative director of "Assassin's Creed: Syndicate," he explained that the upcoming game will feature the beginning of a new story cycle for the series.

During the first three major installments in the franchise, the story revolved around the main character Desmond Miles. The plot then shifted with the release of "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" and "Assassin's Creed Unity."

According to Cote, these two games provided a transitional period between the first story cycle and the new narrative, which will begin with "Syndicate."

The director noted that like in the early "Assassin's Creed" titles, some parts of the game will take place in a modern-day setting while others will be set during the Victorian era. Cote then promised that with the present-day setting, players will get a clearer idea regarding the history of the series' two warring factions.

"I can't go into details about the present-day story, other than to say it is coming back, it is going to make sense for our players, and they're going to understand the conflict between the Assassins and the Templars," he told Gamespot.

Also, for the first time in the series' history, players will get the chance to switch between male and female main characters, VG247 reported. They can either play as the main lead Jacob Frye, a skilled close-combat brawler, or his twin sister Evie, who relies on stealth and her intelligence to take on enemies.

"Assassin's Creed Syndicate" is scheduled to debut on Oct. 23 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

But aside from the game, another project that "Assassin's Creed" fans are waiting for is the series' live-action movie adaptation.

While speaking with IGN, director Kurzel said that filming of the project is scheduled to begin in September. Regarding its storyline, Kurzel feels confident about the movie because of its source's rich concept and nature.

"The whole idea of memories and the whole idea of we are made up of who comes before us and within us, we carry the DNA of our ancestors and we have access to those ancestors and they somehow speak to who we are now," he told IGN.

"That is just an incredibly strong, human kind of curious thing, so I think there is something there that's really original and really fresh and no wonder it has 90 million players," Kurzel added.

The "Assassin's Creed" movie, which will star Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, is set to hit theaters on Dec. 21, 2016.

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