Assassin’s Creed fans have been decoding the messages hidden within the game’s advertising. In keeping with the game’s ancient Egyptian theme, plenty of its adverts feature hieroglyphs, which a handful of dedicated players have been translating.
Assassin’s Creed fan page Access the Animus has been working on the hieroglyphs since June, and seem to have translated all six sentences hidden within the promotional images. Their work now seems to have been at least partially corroborated by another fan on Twitter, who studied the historical period the game is set in for her honours thesis.
This is one of the promotions I've seen (this one at Melbourne Central). The signs look legit- so I decided to try and decode it. pic.twitter.com/oORC1pG4Dc
— Claireleesi (@Clazzaranius) October 14, 2017
The two groups seem to agree on the first two sentences, which should be pretty recognisable for most Assassin’s Creed fans. They form the series’ motto; the first sentence reads “We work in the dark, to serve the light,” while the second reads “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”
After that, things get a little less instantly recognisable, the Access the Animus seem to think the other four sentences form some sort of prayer. The first sentence mentions Ra, Egyptian God of the Sun, and focuses on money, asking for “wealth” or “remuneration” three times in total. That could be a reference to the game’s narrative, but it’s equally possible that it’s a hint as to an in-game economy, which has featured heavily in the series since Assassin’s Creed 2. For the full translation, you can check out Access the Animus here.