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Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch (Aguilar) in Assassin's CreedUbisoft

Ubisoft has announced plans to launch an Assassin's Creed virtual reality experience based on a movie by the same name, which will be released later this year. During AMD's presentation at the 2016 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the French company said that the VR will be produced in partnership with Fox and visual effects house Practical Magic.

President at Practical Magic VR and director of VR experiences Matthew Lewis emphasised that the experience was "not a game" during the GDC press conference. According to Lewis, the VR experience was filmed during the production of the highly anticipated film starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Ariane Labed. He said that the filming has been done in locations such as Malta, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures and New Regency Productions wrapped up filming of the movie in January. It will hit theatres on 21 December 2016.

"We're excited about the announcement of the Assassin's Creed VR Experience and we look forward to working with New Regency, Fox and Practical Magic to share more in the future," said Ubisoft spokesperson, Michael Beadle.

The exciting news comes after Ubisoft announced in February that there will be no new Assassin's Creed game in 2016. Instead, they will be focusing on the film's launch while "stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise".

"We're taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we're delivering on the promise of Assassin's Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone's playground," Ubisoft said in a blog post.

Ubisoft has not revealed when the VR experience will be available.