The First Templar trailer promises sword fighting, questionable historical accuracy

Betrayal. Intrigue. Religious heresy. One-eyed beasts. Widespread destruction. No, I’m not talking about an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Development house Kalypso Media used this year’s Gamescom as an opportunity to release a trailer for their forthcoming historical epic, The First Templar. As the video depicts, the game follows a member of the Knights Templar as he slays man and beast alike across 13th century European landscapes. In fact, the entire aesthetic presented in the trailer strongly parallels the likes of Assassin’s Creed – the titular hero even takes an Altair-esque leap of faith from a high cliff towards the trailer’s end. We’ll have to wait until the game’s release early next year to decide if The First Templar is an AC clone or a meritorious historical saga, though.