If you were to name one of Ubisoft’s best video game series, many people would answer “Assassin’s Creed.” I mean, this game was my childhood, and I have played almost every single game that has been released. With Assassin’s Creed Mirage, there is a lot of hype surrounding this game. However, there have been numerous moments throughout Assassin’s Creed history that were not great, especially considering that this series began in 2007. There are things that Ubisoft would prefer you not to remember happening. Let’s look at 10 things that Ubisoft wants you to forget about Assassin’s Creed.

10. PETA’s Complaints regarding Assassin’s Creed Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag is arguably the best game in the series. It’s a pirate game that makes you feel like a pirate. There are so many ship/naval battles or missions, giving you all pirate characteristics. It just worked, and it even expanded hunting in the game. With a bigger ocean map, aquatic animals were hunted, so the game made it an option to pursue in the ocean. Including whaling, which was very big at that time, and many people were fans of that.

One organization that was not a fan of it was PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals). Especially when it was discovered that whaling would be a part of this game. PETA put out a statement below stating.

“Whaling–that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive–may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals–not games that promote hurting and killing them.”

That is super problematic, knowing how much of a following PETA has, and this drew some controversy. Nothing came of it, as Ubisoft kept whaling in the game. However, this public complaint did not put Ubisoft in a good spot. They would undoubtedly like you to forget how much lousy publicity they got from PETA regarding whaling.

9. Assassin’s Creed Utopia

No matter what happens in video games, there are a ton of projects that go on. I mean, Assassin’s Creed was releasing a game every year at one point. Some projects can succeed and get released, but then there are times when projects fail and don’t get released. One of Ubisoft’s more extensive failures with Assassin’s Creed project-wise was called Assassin’s Creed Utopia.

If you don’t know, Assassin’s Creed Utopia was a mobile game that was going to be released on Android and iOS devices in 2013. The plan for the game was to be a real-time free-to-play strategy mobile game. It was going to take place during 1586 in the early colonial expansion of America, it’s plot eventually leading into the American Revolution.

The gameplay involved building a colonial city and was planned to have more of a social slant than any of the earlier games. However, nothing came from it as it had constant delays and was eventually canceled. The reason has never been confirmed, but the answer was mainly given because undescribed issues long plagued Utopia.

Which sucked as this was a pretty solid idea that could have worked. Due to it never being released, though, it was a complete failure that was scrapped. It is for the best that Ubisoft would like you to forget about the inability of Utopia and what could have been if the game had been released.

8. The Real Reason Why They Killed Lucy Stillman

If you’re unfamiliar with her, Lucy Stillman was a character in the earlier games of Assassin’s Creed via the Modern World and was Desmond Miles’s love interest. It seemed like there were many routes that they were going to take with her character, but in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, she was killed in a shocking matter. Juno was controlling Desmond, who was, at this point, killed Lucy when it was determined that Stillman was a double agent. It was working with both the Templars and Assassins. This makes a bit of sense, but it seemed a little rushed. Ubisoft has said that this was done due to story reasons.

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However, Ubisoft would like you to forget that they did not kill Lucy Stillman for strictly storyline reasons. Kristen Bell, who played Lucy Stillman in the game, was fired. The reason was that Bell demanded that she get more royalties and money for her appearances in the game. Ubisoft said not to that and decided to scrub the original plans and Lucy in brotherhood. Many stories say that she was fired, and others say that her contract was not renewed, but still, it’s pretty messy.

The worst part is that it is rumored that Ubisoft didn’t even tell Kristen Bell about the end of the brotherhood and that Lucy will die until the last minute. No matter what, this whole situation is pretty messy, and it’s for the best that Ubisoft tries to steer the direction that this was the planned story all along.

7. The Modern Day Story Post Desmond Miles has been an Absolute Mess

If there was a moment many Assassin’s Creed fans feel had made the entire series “jump the shark” many point to killing Desmond Miles. After all he was the main character from the Modern story that almost everyone cared about. Which is why it was super shocking that they made the decision to kill of Desmond in Assassin’s Creed III.

Ever since killing Desmond Miles, the Modern Day Story has been awful. You could legitimately take everything out from the Modern Day from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag to now, and almost nothing would change. They tried with Layla from the last three games, and it had potential. However, they botched that whole storyline so much. It got so blown that they had to kill Layla and replace him with “Basim” in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. I have no idea; it makes no sense, and my brain hurts trying to figure it out.

Ubisoft would like you to forget how awful the Modern Day Storyline has been in Assassin’s Creed since they made the stupid decision to kill of Desmond Miles.

6. Assassin’s Creed The Movie Was A Flop

Ubisoft was in a tough spot as in 2014, Ubisoft was coming off the disappointment/disaster of Assassin’s Creed Unity (Oh We Will Get To That Don’t Worry). So Ubisoft had to make a plan to bring good graces back into the series. So, what was their idea? Well, why not make a movie about their video game series? Especially as so many cases of video game-adapted movies are working out in Cinema, suitable? Wrong.

This movie was terrible, and It was indeed a Disasterpiece on Cinema. It is a notable lowlight in Assassin’s Creed, but the most significant part of this movie that Ubisoft wants you to forget is that this movie flopped at the box office. It was an actual money loser, and the film was estimated to lose around 75-100 million dollars. Not only was it a blow to the series’ credibility, but it also blew the wallets, which is never a good look. There was also planned to be a trilogy, with this movie being the start, but that whole thing was abandoned because of how it flopped.

5. Assassins Creed Odyssey Betrays The Lore

I have been on record many times saying that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an absolute disgrace and One of the worst video games in the series. I mean every single word of it. This game betrays the lore of Assassin’s Creed in so many ways. Odyssey is a poorly marketed mess with terrible story characters, too long of a game, and it just does not feel like an Assassin’s Creed game. You are not even playing as an assassin, as you are a mercenary. The Assassin’s Creed robe is rarely helpful, and there is NO HIDDEN BLADE IN ASSASSIN’S CREED!!! Whoever’s brilliant idea should be banned from ever making an Assassin’s Creed game ever again. Many heavily criticized it, and it is probably best that Ubisoft wants you to forget that the game they created severely goes against the lore of the entire series. Oh, we’re not done yet with this game.

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4. That DLC Achievement

Well, now, this was super problematic when players first discovered it. So Assassin’s Creed Odyssey had another chapter of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC. There was a story choice in the game’s latest expansion that forced the main character into a heterosexual relationship.

Which undid the promises of same-sex romance options in the main game and reversed the choices that players made in the game. Yeah, it was super problematic when the game developers announced a player choice of a male or female protagonist, along with the same-sex or different-sex romance options, in E3 2018. That is not all, as trust me, it gets worse.

In the DLC, an achievement was given out after the scene where the character (Either Kassandra or Alexios) has a child was labeled “Growing Up.” This is problematic as many people took offense to it. It was believed that being gay or childless was a youthful phase to grow out of. You can’t blame anyone for thinking that way, especially when the developers repeatedly lied and forced relationships.

Eventually, the achievement was renamed the “Blood of Leonidas,” the fiasco led to the developers and CEO apologizing for this incident. However, it was too little too late, as the damage had been done. It was a severe black eye for Ubisoft and is something they would like you not to mention.

3. Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Launch Was a Disaster

I couldn’t have a list of things Ubisoft would want you to forget without Assassin’s Creed Unity, am I right? So it was 2014, and Ubisoft was about to release Assassin’s Creed Unity, which was getting a ton of hype from many fans. Well, when the game was released, it was an absolute mess.

First, the game was plagued with numerous bugs and performance issues, particularly on PC and last-generation consoles. It was laughable, and so many jokes were thrown their way. It was legit broken at times; that is how terrible it was. I mean, NPC was disappearing/turning into Arno. The worst was the gem of the photo below, which put so much shame on Ubisoft.

It was super rushed, and somebody thought it was an excellent idea to release both Assassin’s Creed Rouge and Assassin’s Creed Unity on the same date. I liked Rouge, but it was a hidden game that got no attraction when Unity was released. Also, on a side note, why were both games given the same price?

It also was problematic that in the co-op, it was promised that there would be a female character in the co-op options of the game. They backtracked on that, as the developers never included a female avatar. A big reason was that it was going to be too much work to have one in the game. Yeah, and I’m Batman; you tell me which is more believable? This royally angered fans and made the launch a bigger mess.

The game’s troubled launch garnered a lot of negative attention and it the game became one of Ubisoft’s biggest missed opportunity. It did not help to that the writing is absolutely nonsense as well and they rushed that too. It is one of the worst launches that Ubisoft ever did and it is something embarrassing that Ubisoft would like you to ignore.

2. “Women Don’t Sell”

Oh boy, you know its stuff like this that really gets me pissed off about Ubisoft. So in 2020 it was a very brutal and disgraceful year for Ubisoft with so many allegations came out where there were reports of harassment, misogyny, abuse, racism and etc. Especially when these allegations were heavily plagued with those that worked on Assassin’s Creed.

One of the main people who was involved was former Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoet. As he heavily promoted a toxic culture within the business and even there products. Hascoet was even involved developing there biggest games including Assasin’s Creed. In a flexing of power he constantly had the message that “women don’t sell” In video games. Yeah that really is such a totally disgraceful thing for somebody with his level of power to say in the company. This mentality also severely effected multiple games.

In Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, in the early drafts and outlines of the game, an equal amount of screen time was initially allocated to both Jacob Frye and Evie Frye. However, during the development process and in the final product of the game, a significant portion of Evie’s content was removed, creating the perception that Jacob was the lead protagonist over Evie. Why was this done? Well, apparently “women don’t sell”.

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In Assassin’s Creed Origins the original plan was to have Aya become the main character of the game. However the plans changed and they decided to have Aya’s husband Bayek become the main character in the final version. The developers and writers even cut parts of Aya’s story from the final draft. Why was this done? Well, apparently from those on the top of command at Ubisoft “women don’t sell”.

Now lets go to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you know the terrible one. Kassandra one of the two main characters in the actual game was originally going to be the sole main character of the game. Well things changed and both the marketing and creative team had to start from scratch as that idea was scratched by many including Hascoet. He even forced the developers to make another new character and thus Alexios was created. Why was this done? Well you know the drill, apparently “women don’t sell”

With all this coming out Serge Hascoet was forced to resign from his role with the company in 2020. Ever since his resignation Serge Hascoet has pretty much been blackballed from the video game industry for very good reason. This whole “women don’t sell” mentality did not paint Ubisoft in a good light and it is defiantly something that they want everyone to please forget about.

1. Sexual Misconduct Allegations to the Creative Game Director

This was a moment that could have legit taken down/or delay further Assassin’s Creed Valhalla because it involved the creative director. If you don’t know Ashraf Ismail was the creative director of several Assassin’s Creed games and was a very notable person in Ubisoft. He was seen as a really notable and trustworthy person on that team. Well his name is now mired in controversy as he was accused of multiple sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against employees and even fans.

This was revealed to the public was when a young fan accused Ismail of misconduct and harassment. Apparently, Ismail had also lied about his marital status in order to have a sexual relationship with her. What an absolute gentleman this guy is.

Once he was being investigated, Ismail had announced he would step down from his role, which put Ubisoft in a tough spot with him being the creative director of Valhalla. Keep in mind as well that at the time these allegations came out, it was during a time where a big wave of victim’s of toxic and sexual assault and harassment in the gaming industry coming forth.

Eventually after an investigation was done, Ismail was dismissed from Ubisoft entirely. Which if that is not telling on its own, then I don’t know what is. But Ismail’s incident really put a severe black eye on not only Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but Ubisoft as a whole. It is absolutely something that Ubisoft wants you to forget about and especially as it was an association to there biggest video game series.

So those are the 10 things that Ubisoft would like you to forget about the Assassins Creed Series. Do you agree with the list? Did I leave anything out? Let me know in the comment section regarding what other things Ubisoft would like you to forget about. Hopefully Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a fun and enjoyable game and won’t be mired in controversy

Assassin’s Creed Mirage is available on October 5th, 2023 and will be playable on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Series X/S

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