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Assassin’s Creed Shadows brings back a favorite, unused murder story from AC3

Assassin’s Creed Shadows brings back a favorite, unused murder story from AC3

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Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed Shadows and Assassin’s Creed 3 will have more in common than just the name Assassin’s Creed.
  • That’s because an unused kill animation from 3 makes its way into Shadows.
  • The animation was discovered by a superfan on Reddit, and fans are hoping that more older techniques will make their way into future titles.



Twelve years ago, Assassin’s Creed 3 was all the rage. It was the fifth game in the franchise and took players to the scenes of the American Revolution. Fast forward 12 years later, Assassin’s Creed Shadows is scheduled to be released later this year. It will be the 14th game in the series and although there will be 12 years between releases, the two will actually have more than one thing in common, other than the fact that they are both called Assassin’s Creed.

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A popular animated film about a murder.


Super Sleuth discovers that Shadows uses an Assassin’s Creed 3 animation

On Reddit, user BrunoHM posted his findings to the larger r/assassinscreed subreddit. There they noted that Shadows’ female assassin, Naoe, has almost the same animation as Connor from Assassin’s Creed 3. That animation never made it into the final cut of AC3, but it was a key part of an unreleased demo of PAX East.


Footage from that 2012 demo hit the internet two years ago, while Naoe’s killing technique was showcased in the gameplay reveal two weeks ago. The animation revolves around Connor or Naoe jumping into the air for an assassination attempt, closing in on their target, then rolling through the kill and ending up back in a sprint. It is a new technology, and it is especially interesting that it will finally be realized twelve years later.


Longtime AC fans are very happy to see the animation return in a new installment. One user commented: “Connor’s spirit lives on in the shadows!” Meanwhile, another user was reminded of how epic Assassin’s Creed 3 looked, writing: “Damn, I forgot how cool AC3 looked in that first look.”

Elsewhere, a few users felt that future AC titles should make use of older, fan-favorite animations. “This is so cool and I wish they would use more animations from the older games,” wrote one Redditor. That sentiment was furthered by another commenter who suggested that Assassin’s Creed Unity’s parkour animations should also make their way into future titles.


And there might be a good chance that will happen. That’s because Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that older Assassin’s Creed titles will be getting the remake treatment in the near future. That means there’s plenty of room to inject innovation from current titles into older games. We’ll consider that a win.

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