Assassin's Creed Fans and Game Writers Team Up To Build An Encyclopedia

Assassin's Creed has never been a game series short on backstory. But now Ubisoft is taking all that backstory and putting it in one glorious place.

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The encyclopedia grew from what was supposed to be an art book, but the project easily grew far beyond that. Ubisoft brought in writers from the Assassin's Creed community to work along with game writers to complete this tome, which not only covers in-game story and character, but adds new content to the already extensive world. Writers warn that the Encyclopedia does include spoilers, so if you haven't played through all the games, approach with caution.

The encyclopedia would have been incomplete without real-world history, as the game takes place in such a tapestry of time and place. Because of this, and the art book roots of the project, the team chose concept art rather than marketing assets. This decision adds a high-art element, which gives the encyclopedia a real-world feeling of sophistication.

As you'll see in the video, it took a huge team of writers and developers to put together this project, which releases in two versions. The Black Edition comes with the Animus edition of Assassin's Creed, but only in Europe. The White Edition is available for preorder worldwide as a standalone item in the Ubiworkshop store.

Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia – The Making Of [Ubiworkshop]


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DISCUSSION

Why does Ubisoft release this stuff only in Europe? The game itself is developed in Montreal, ffs.

What's the motivation behind this? The same can be said for other publishers. Why release stuff exclusive to a particular country? Eidos Montreal did that with the preorder DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution too. Some preorders get two bonus guns and cash (so did the preview build), others get Tong's bonus mission and the stuff that comes with it. Why does exclusivity have to be a thing anymore? We've got the internet now.