The ancient Egyptian symbols used in the game’s marketing have been accurately recreated according to a scholar’s translations.
In a recent Twitter thread, Claire Manning, who studied the Ptolemeic era of Egypt’s history, reveals that the recent advertisements for the game posted around Melbourne, Australia correctly depict the hieroglyphs for a translatable message. While parts of the ad are filler blocks, others read as clear and proper sentences using Middle Kingdom hieroglyphics, used during the reign of Cleopatra, a key element of the newest game. One in particular reads “Everything may be,” which can also be interpreted as the Assassins’ motto of “Nothing is true; everything is permitted.”
Manning, who studied Middle Age hieroglyphics as her honors subject at the University of Australia, has continued translating the ad and found other messages like “Amun protect us. I make you offerings” and “We work by darkness to serve light.”
Kudos to Ubisoft for their commitment to authenticity. Along with their recent announcement of Origins’ educational history exploration mode, they’ve made it clear how much effort is going into showing players a historically accurate representation of Egypt’s ancient culture.