Assassin's Creed

Infobox VG
title = Assassin's Creed

developer = Ubisoft Montreal
publisher = Ubisoft
designer = Patrice Desilets (Creative director), Jade Raymond (Producer)
composer = Jesper Kyd
engine = Scimitar
resolution = 720p
released = Xbox 360, PlayStation 3: Microsoft Windows:
vgrelease|North America|NA|April 8, 2008cite web | url =;versions | title = Unofficial PC ship dates on Gamespot | work = Gamespot | accessdate = February 26 | accessyear = 2008]
vgrelease|North America|NA|April 9, 2008 (Steam) [web cite | url= | title = Assassin's Creed | publisher = Steam | accessdate=2008-04-04]
vgrelease|Australasia|AUS|April 10/11, 2008 [web cite | url = | title = Assassin's Creed | publisher = EB Games Australia | accessdate=2008-04-04] [web cite | url = | title = Assassin's Creed | publisher = EB Games New Zealand | accessdate=2008-04-04] [web cite | url = | title = Assassin's Creed | publisher = GAME | accessdate=2008-04-04]
vgrelease|Europe|EU|April 10, 2008

genre = Action-adventure sandbox
modes = Single-player
ratings = vgratings|ESRB=M|PEGI=18+ [ [ Ubisoft – Assassin's Creed ] ] |BBFC=15|OFLCA=MA15+|OFLCZ=R13|USK=16
platforms = PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
media = Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL, Download
input = Gamepad, Keyboard and mouse
version = 1.02 (May 13, 2008)

"Assassin's Creed" is a video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released worldwide in November 2007 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles. The North American PC version was released on April 8, 2008.

A prequel for this game, titled "", developed by Gameloft [ [ "Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles"] PocketGamer, Retrieved October 7, 2008.] , was released on February 5, 2008 for the Nintendo DS.cite web | url=;title;2 | title=Nintendo lays out Q4 '07, Q1 '08 slate | work = GameSpot | accessdate = December 29 | accessyear = 2007]


The main story of "Assassin's Creed" takes place in 2012; Desmond Miles, a bartender, has been kidnapped by the fictional company Abstergo Industries in order to use as a test subject in the "Animus," a device that can recall ancestral memories buried in the user's DNA. Abstergo has Desmond use the device to recall the role of Altaïr ibn La-Ahad (الطائر ابن لا أحد , Arabic, "The Flying Eagle, Son of None"), one of Desmond's ancestors, in the "Assassin Brotherhood" during 1191 as part of the Third Crusade in the Holy Land. Desmond at first has trouble adjusting to the device, but eventually is able to relive Altaïr's exploits over the next several days. Much of the core game is then presented from Altaïr's point-of-view as seen by Desmond, though at times interrupted by glitches resulting from the Animus.

At the start of the memories, Altaïr is shown attempting to retrieve a "Piece of Eden", a strange artifact, from Solomon's Temple with the help of other assassins, but is stopped by Robert IV de Sablé, a member of the Knights Templar and sworn enemies of the assassins. Altaïr breaks all three codes of the Assassin's Creed to attempt to kill de Sablé, but fails; upon returning to the Brotherhood, Al Mualim ("The teacher"), leader of the Assassins, demotes Altaïr to an initiate, giving him another chance to rise through the ranks of the Brotherhood. To this end, Al Mualim assigns Altaïr the task of assassinating nine key figures across the Holy Land in Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus, in order to attempt to bring peace between the Crusaders and Muslim forces. Altaïr methodically completes each task, learning that each target is connected to Robert and the Templars and share their mysterious goals. Altaïr's final target, de Sablé, reveals in his dying words that Al Mualim is himself a member of the Knights Templar, and used Altaïr to kill the other members so he could keep the treasure for himself. Altaïr quickly returns to Masyaf to accost his master. Al Mualim reveals the truth; the Piece of Eden creates illusions, and he denounces religion and other seemingly supernatural events as illusions caused by it. He then states his intention to use the artifact to compel mankind into a brainwashed state and so bring an end to conflict. Altaïr attempts to kill his former master, but Al Mualim uses the Piece of Eden to warp Altaïr's vision. Altaïr is eventually able to see through the deception and kill Al Mualim, recovering the artifact. As he does, the Piece of Eden activates, showing a holographic view of the world with numerous locations marked across the globe.

After this memory is completed, Desmond is brought out of the Animus, his purpose seemingly completed. He learns that Abstergo are part of the modern-day Templars and have been using Desmond's memories of Altaïr to discover the holographic map in order to find more artifacts that can be used towards the Templars' mission. Desmond further learns that the modern-day equivalent of the Assassin Brotherhood has tried, and seems to have failed in rescuing him before that knowledge was gained. At the end of the game, Desmond is left alone in the locked Animus room, no longer needed, but finds that through his experience with Altaïr's memories he can see hidden messages painted about the room from a range of religions and cultures that portend the end of the world.


"Assassin's Creed" is a third-person stealth game in which the player primarily assumes the role of Altaïr as experienced by Desmond. The primary goal of the game is to carry out a series of assassinations ordered by Al Mualim. To achieve this goal, the player must travel from the Brotherhood's headquarters in Masyaf, across the terrain of the Holy Land known as the Kingdom to one of three cities, Jerusalem, Acre, or Damascus, to find the Brotherhood agent in that city. There, the agent, in addition to providing a safe house, gives the player minimal knowledge about the target, and requires them to perform additional intelligence gathering missions prior to attempting the assassination. These missions include eavesdropping, interrogation, pickpocketing, and completing tasks for informers and fellow assassins. Additionally, the player may take part in any number of side objectives, including climbing tall towers to map out the city, and saving citizens who are being threatened or harassed by the city guards. There are also various side quests that do not advance the plot such as hunting down and killing Templars and flag collecting. After completing each set of assassinations, the player is returned back to the Brotherhood and rewarded with a better weapon and then given another set of targets, with the player free to select the order of their targets.

and then find a hiding space such as a haystack or rooftop garden, or blend in with the citizens or wandering scholars. Should the player be unable to escape the guards, they may fight back using a number of swordplay maneuvers.

The player's health is described as the level of synchronization between Desmond and Altaïr's memories; should Altaïr take damage, some amount of synchronization is lost, and if all synchronization is lost, the current memory that Desmond is experiencing will be restarted at the last checkpoint. When the synchronization bar is full, the player has the additional option to use "eagle vision" which allows the computer-rendered memory to highlight all visible characters in colors corresponding to whether they are friend or foe or even the target of their assassination. Due to Altaïr's memories being rendered by the computer of the Animus project, the player may experience "glitches" in the rendering of the historical world, which may help the player to identify targets, or can be used to alter the viewpoint during in-game scripted scenes should the player react fast enough when they appear.


On September 28, 2006, in an interview with IGN, producer Jade Raymond confirmed that Altaïr is "a medieval hitman with a mysterious past" and that he is not a time traveler. [ [ IGN: Assassin's Creed Preview ] ] In a later interview on December 13, 2006, with IGN, Kristen Bell (who lent her voice and likeness to the game) talked about the plot. According to the interview, the plot centers on genetic memory and a corporation looking for descendants of an assassin. [ [ IGN: IGN Exclusive Interview: Kristen Bell ] ]

On October 22, 2007, in an IGN Australia interview with Patrice Desilets mentioned that the lead character's climbing and running were done by "Alex and Richard – the same guys from "Prince of Persia". [ [ IGN: Assassin's Creed AU Interview: Patrice Desilets ] ]

Altaïr is voiced by actor Philip Shahbaz, [ [ Philip Shahbaz ] ] and his face is modeled after Spanish model Francisco Randez. [fr icon [ [Assassin’s Creed] Francisco Randez prête son visage à Altaïr] Retrieved April 15, 2008]

Altaïr (meaning "The Flying One" in Arabic) is a star in the Northern Sky in the constellation of Aquila ("eagle" in Latin); this ties in well with the white eagle seen in the trailer, that is shown flying over the city of Acre, and lands on the bell tower Altaïr himself is standing on. To complete the theme the Assassin's clothes consist of white flowing robes. His hood also has a hook on the end and his lower robe features a stream on each side, therefore making Altaïr's shadow in air look like an eagle. According to Ubisoft Fact|date=April 2008 Altaïr is not religious but rather spiritual and is the son of a Christian mother and Muslim father. It is also stated that in events before the start of the game, there is an initiation where Altaïr's left ring finger is cut off, so that he is no longer a novice, but an assassin. This procedure provides for the hidden blade to extend from under Altaïr's forearm.

The Nintendo DS prequel, "", was released on February 5, 2008.


VG Requirements
useminandrec = yes
platform1 = Microsoft Windows
os1 = Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
cpu1 = Intel Pentium D 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Dual Core) processor
cpu1rec = Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or better / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
memory1 = 1 GB (XP), 2 GB (Vista)
gpu1 = 256 MB DirectX 10.0 Graphics Card or DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher, PCI Express
gpu1rec = 256 MB DirectX 10.0–compliant video card or DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher, PCI Express
sound1 = DirectX 9.0 or 10.0–compliant, 5.1 channel surround (Rec)
hdspace1 = 8 GB of free space
On July 10, 2007, during the Microsoft E3 Press Conference, a demo was shown using a previously unseen city, Jerusalem. Features that were demonstrated included improved crowd mechanics, the "chase" system (chasing after a target trying to flee), as well as deeper aspects of parkour. This was the first time when Altaïr could be heard speaking. It was again showcased for nearly 20 minutes on Wednesday, July 11. The video showed an extended version of the E3 demo, and included Altaïr trying to escape after his assassination of Talal the Slave Trader.

On August 26, 2007, an 11-minute demo of "Assassin's Creed" was shown at the Penny Arcade expo. The level that was shown was the same as in the E3 demo; however, a different path was taken to reach the target. At the end of the demo, a conversation between Altaïr and the head of the Assassin's bureau in Jerusalem called Malik was shown.

There is no demo available for "Assassin's Creed" over Xbox Live, the Playstation Network, or PC.

PC version

It was made public in April 2008 that Assassin's Creed would be sold electronically and available for pre-order through Valve's software distribution program, Steam, and though advertised to the entire Steam customer base it was locked out for any Steam-customers not residing in North America (along with the entire Ubisoft catalog). The PC version of Assassin's Creed was released on April 8, 2008 in North America. Four bonus mission types, not seen in the console version, are included. These 4 new missions are archer assassination, rooftop race challenge, merchant stand destruction challenge and escort challenge. [ [ Assassin's Creed PC: New Investigation Types – News ] ]

A pirated version of the game has been in existence since late February 2008 – more than a month before its expected release. According to Ubisoft a bug was purposely inserted into the pre-release version of the game by the publisher itself to unpredictably crash the game and prevent completion as a security measure,cite web | url = | title = Ubisoft sues over Assassin's Creed leak | publisher = Gamespot | first = Brendan | last = Sinclair | date = 2008-08-06 | accessdate = 2008-08-07] though players were able to use extra content available on the internet to bypass it. [cite web | url = | title = So… Assassin’s Creed PC? | first = Jim | last = Rossignol | date = 2008-03-04 | accessdate = 2008-03-06 | publisher = Rock, Paper, Scissors ] The pirated version of "Assassin's Creed" was one of the most popular titles for piracy during the first week of March 2008. [cite web | url = | title= The Yarr-ts: Piracy Snapshot 5.3.2008 | first = Kieron | last = Gillen | date= 2008-03-05 | accessdate = 2008-03-06 | publisher = Rock, Paper, Scissors ] The presence of the bug and performance of the pirated version of the game was believed by Ubisoft to lead to "irreparable harm" for the game and resulted in low retail sales; NPD Group reports that 40,000 copies of the PC title were sold in United States in July, while more than 700,000 copies were illegally downloaded according to Ubisoft.cite web | url = | title = Ubisoft Files $10M Suit Over Assassin's Creed PC Leak | publisher = Gamasutra | first = David | last = Jenkins | date = 2008-08-07 | accessdate = 2008-08-07] In July 2008, Ubisoft sued disc manufacturer Optical Experts Manufacturing, believing the company to be the source of the leak, citing poor security procedures that allowed an employee to leave with a copy of the game.


Jade Raymond, producer of "Assassin's Creed" said "For Assassin's Creed we wanted the score to capture the gruesome atmosphere of medieval warfare but also be edgy and contemporary." [cite web |url = |title = Assassin's Creed Score Is BAFTAstic |accessdate = 2008-05-11 |author = McWhertor, Michael |date = 2007-10-16 |publisher = Kotaku ] The musical score was composed by Jesper Kyd in 2007. Six tracks were made available online to those who have purchased the game; a password was given to people to insert at the soundtrack section of the Ubisoft website. [cite web |url = |title = Soundtrack's - Assassin's Creed - Ubisoft |accessdate = 2008-05-11 |publisher = Ubisoft ] Several tracks are also available to listen to on Kyd's MySpace and his official website. The released tracks as a whole have the archaic Latin chorus and dark orchestral music, whilst the track "Meditation Begins" features a kind of Saltarello with a very ominous, dark, ambient overtone with men whispering in Latin. The atmosphere in these tracks is what Jesper Kyd is known for and is effective in situ. [ [ Tracksounds Now!: Assassin's Creed (Soundtrack) by Jesper Kyd ] ]

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headline = Tracks
title1 = City Of Jerusalem
title2 = Flight Through Jerusalem
title3 = Spirit Of Damascus
title4 = Trouble In Jerusalem
title5 = Acre Underworld
title6 = Access The Animus
title7 = Dunes Of Death
title8 = Masyaf In Danger
title9 = Meditation Begins
title10 = Meditation Of The Assassins


VG Reviews
EGC Games = 92/100
EuroG = 7/10
Fam = 37/40
GI = 9.5/10
GamePro = 5/5
GRadar = 10/10
GSpot = 9.0/10
GT = 9.1/10
GamesTM = 4/10
Hyper = 95/100
OXM = 8.5/10
IGN = 7.7/10
Loaded = 9.5/10
1up = 7.0/10
Play = 10/10
Playstaion: The Official Magazine = 5/5
TX = 7.9/10
XPlay = 5/5
Total PC Gaming = 7/10
PC Format UK = 84%
rev1 = XboxAddict
rev1Score = 9.6/10|
MC = 79/100
GR = 82/100

"Assassin's Creed" has received generally positive reviews, although several publications such as "Eurogamer", while still awarding the game decent scores, pointed out a number of significant shortcomings. "Eurogamer" stated that the gameplay "never evolves and ultimately becomes a bit boring, and quite amazingly repetitive." [ [ Assassin's Creed Review // Xbox 360 /// Eurogamer ] ] In Andrew P.'s review for EGM(Kage), he writes that the game features "a challenging parkour path of escape…" [Andrew P., "Review of "Assassin's Creed"," "Electronic Gaming Monthly" 224 (January 2008): 89.] Famitsu awarded the Xbox 360 version of "Assassin's Creed" a 36 (9, 9, 9, 9), while the PS3 version received a 37 (10, 8, 9, 10) out of 40, positively citing the story, presentation, and acrobatics, while criticizing the one button combat, map layout, and camera problems. [ [ Famitsu reviews Dragon Quest IV, Assassins Creed, Guilty Gear 2 and more] ] [ [ Assassin's Creed nabs 37/40 from Famitsu] ] Game Informer awarded "Assassin's Creed" a 9.5 out of 10, praising the control scheme, replay value, and intriguing story, but expressing frustration over the "repetitive" information gathering missions. ["Game Informer", December 2007 issue] On the The Hotlist on ESPNEWS, ESPN's Aaron Boulding called the game's concept of social stealth "fairly original" and added, "Visually, the developers nailed it." [ [ ESPN – Easy Points – 'Tis the Season – Videogames ] ] GameTrailers similarly praised the story (giving a 9.7 score to its story), and also cited repetitive gameplay and "moronic" AI as somewhat stifling its potential. [ [ GameTrailers "Assassin's Creed" Video Review] ] The game also received a 10 out of 10 from GamesRadar, and has a Metacritic score of 81.cite web |url='s%20Creed |title=Assassin's Creed (xbox 360: 2007) Reviews] According to GamePro, "Assassin's Creed" is one of the "finest gaming experiences ever created" if you are willing to be "patient" due to the lack of fast-paced action.cite web|url=|title="Assassin's Creed" review|author=Melick, Todd|date=November 14, 2007|publisher=GamePro|accessdate=2008-01-08]

Ubisoft announced that the game has sold more than 3.46 million copies as of March 1, 2008, exceeding their initial expectations and prompting the company to raise their sales outlook. [cite web | url = | title = Assassin's Creed Passes 2.5 Million Sold; Ubisoft Raises Guidance | publisher = GameDaily | first = James | last = Brightman | date = 2007-12-13 | accessdate = 2007-12-13 ]

Ben Croshaw of "Zero Punctuation" gave it a positive review, praising the free roaming aspect, assassinations, and overall uniqueness of the game while criticising the combat and the lengthy cutscenes. In a later review for , he again praised it, describing it as "immersive".


The following awards were awarded to Assassin's Creed at E3 2006:
* Game Critics Awards
** Won: "Best Action/Adventure Game". [cite web| title = 2006 Winners | url = | publisher = | accessdate = 2008-03-23]
** Won: "Best Action Game", "PS3 Game of the Show", "Best PS3 Action Game", "Best PS3 Graphics"
** Runner-up: "Best Console Game", "Best PS3 Artistic Design", "PS3 Award for Technological Excellence"
** Nominations: "Game of the Show", "Best Graphics Technology"
* GameSpot
** Won: "Best PS3 Game of the Show"
** Runner-up: "Game of the Show", "Best Trailer", "Best Graphics", "Best Action Adventure Game"
* GameSpy
** Won: "Best PS3 Game of the Show"
* GameTrailers
** Won: "Best of Show"
** Runner-up: "Best Trailer", "Most Innovative", "Best Action/Adventure"
** Won: "Best PS3 game"
** Runner-up: "Best Visuals", "Game of the Show"

The award nominations and wins after release included:
* Spike TV Awards [cite web|url=
title=Halo 3, BioShock top Spike TV noms|author=Magrino, Tom|date=2007-11-11|accessdate=2007-11-11|work=GameSpot
**Nominated: "Best PlayStation 3 Game", "Best Action Game", "Best Graphics – Artistic", "Best Plot Twist", "Best Trailer ("Lonely Soul")", "Breakout Character (Altaïr)"
* X-Play Best of 2007 Awards [cite web|url=
title=2007 X-Play Best of 2007 Award Nominations
** Nominated: "Game of the Year", "Most Original Game", "Best Gameplay Innovation", "Best Action/Adventure Game", "Best Art Direction", "Best Animation", "Best Sound Design"


Sales for Assassin's Creed have been unexpectedly huge according to the publisher. An official press release from Ubisoft stated:

Assassin's Creed has greatly outstripped Ubisoft's sales expectations and currently ranks among the top two or three best-selling games for the Playstation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox360 video game and entertainment system in the vast majority of geographical regions. In less than four weeks Assassin's Creed recorded more than two and a half million units in sell-through sales worldwide, and is the fastest-selling new video game intellectual property ever in the U.S. Consequently, Ubisoft now forecasts that it will sell a minimum of five million units of the game in 2007–08 compared with its previous estimate of approximately three million.cite web | url = | title = Ubisoft Announces Outstanding Sales Performance For Assassin's Creed and Raises Guidance for Fiscal 2007-08 | work = Ubisoft | accessdate = January 4 | accessyear = 2008]

Other media

"Metal Gear Solid" rendition

Initially revealed on April Fool's Day 2008, Kojima later announced that the Altaïr costume would actually be in the game "", unlockable by doing "something special". To obtain the attire, the player must acquire the "Assassin Emblem", a nod to the game's title. [ cite news | url= | title=Assassin's Solid Becomes a Reality | author=John Tanaka | publisher=IGN | date=2008-05-13 | accessdate=2008-06-21 ]


Pocket Books had announced it was planning to novelize "Assassin’s Creed" in a trilogy, written by Steven Barnes. However, the series has reportedly been cancelled. [ [ Dar Kush: Why Even Care? ] ]

There was a small comic given out to EB Games managers during the company's 2007 annual conference. This was scanned and put on Photobucket soon after.Fact|date=October 2008

Short film

Ubisoft and IFC held a contest for short films based on "Assassin's Creed". The winning film can be viewed [ here] .

Limited editions

Alongside the standard retail version, a limited collector's edition was released in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The European limited edition contains the game and a convert|10|in|mm|sing=on Altaïr figure in addition to other collectibles.


External links

* [ Assassin's Creed UK site]
* [ Assassin's Creed US site]
* [ Assassin's Creed Wiki]

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