Assassin's Creed III
Assassin's Creed Concept Art Shows What Could Have Been
Written Thursday, May 03, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Ubisoft has released a gallery of early concept art for Assassin's Creed, showing off how the game could have looked and played.

One of the images, of the assassin rescuing a child, reveals that the art team originally thought they were working on a Prince of Persia title. "We were all under the illusion that we were making a Prince of Persia: Sands of Time spin-off," said artist Khai Nguyen. "The assassin was supposed to be the little prince's bodyguard."

Another image shows two horses racing side-by-side. Nguyen adds, "We debated whether or not co-op was going to make it into the first game.”

Have a look below, there’s some beautiful images in there. They date from November 2004, three years before the first Assassin’s Creed hit shelves.


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Comment #1 by ew0k5an0nomi5
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 10:22:10 AM
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haha, that was shaping up to be flat out PoP with a different protagonist huh? glad they went the direction they did....but at the same time it looks like it could have been really fun :D

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Comment #2 by Canadian_Wilson
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 10:25:17 AM
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This would have been interesting. Whose to say they can't return to this age of time after they've released AC III?

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Comment #3 by Metalboy921
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 10:39:09 AM
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It would have been cool to bring some of those screenshots depicting Petra, in Jordan, to life. that's a fantastic place.

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Comment #4 by WINAS3
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 11:33:40 AM
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Some really nice artwork =) One of the main reasons I ever got into Assassins Creed was because of Prince of Persia, really wish Ubisoft would make another one after they finish up AC3.

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Comment #5 by dogwitch
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 03:04:27 PM
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Comment #6 by AngelsDontKill6
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 04:13:24 PM
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it was originally built with the prince of persia engine was it not?
at least i remember hearing that O'so'Many years ago hahaha

good thing they did end up changing it though i mean i love the Prince games but creed just doesnt fit into that style!

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Comment #7 by davedude14
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 05:04:17 PM
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Honestly, Petra would have been a very interesting setting for an AC game, hope they'll come back to that idea.

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Comment #8 by silver_shadow
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 10:26:23 PM
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I still think this would have turned out good and been a lot of fun. if they went ahead with it

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Comment #9 by Pinhead
Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 02:29:43 AM
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I've always said that playing AC (1 & 2 haven't tried others) feels like the proper extension of where they'd taken PoP series (before the reboot) & I had kinda accepted the AC series as an indirect continuation of POP's gameplay, in a whole new setting

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Comment #10 by ShieldWarden
Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 06:56:56 AM
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ACIII is looking really awesome and I'm excited for it... but what about working on the sequel to the 2008 Prince of Persia, or Mirror's Edge?

We don't need yearly releases of Assassin's Creed.

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US October 30, 2012
Europe October 31, 2012
Japan November 15, 2012

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