Archaeology graduate deciphers Assassin's Creed Origins hieroglyphs, not all gibberish

Assassin screed.

A Melbourne gamer with a history of history has begun deciphering the hieroglyphs in Assassin’s Creed Origins’ advertising material.

Claire Manning, a graduate with an archaeology background, began idly decoding the symbols to see if Ubisoft had put in any due diligence to make the ancient language make sense. What she found was that it is surprisingly well researched for a throwaway bit of marketing and actually contains passages from previous games suggested as a rite of passage into the creed.

The sentence "We work in the dark, to serve the light. We are assassins." appears in Assassin’s Creed 2 when Ezio is formally inducted into the brotherhood by Niccolo. Further translations have unearthed “everything is possible” as a possible reading of other lines, leading Manning to believe this is the founding statement of the Assassins, as she revealed to Kotaku Australia.

Assassin’s Creed Origins has been quite forward about accurate portrayal of history with the post-release Discovery Tour acting as a guided audio tour of the game with no combat.


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