VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci
WRITTEN BY: Ross McIndoe
Assassin's Creed characters have been featured in a ton of other games and franchises! For this list, we'll be looking at the most surprising, exciting and generally badass Assassin's Creed crossovers. Our list includes “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (2018), “Minecraft” (2011), “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” (2008), “Soulcalibur V” (2012), “Final Fantasy XV” (2016) and more!
Script written by Ross McIndoe
Top 10 Times Assassins Creed Infiltrated Other Games
Welcome to MojoPlays, and today we’re looking at the Top 10 Times Assassin’s Creed Infiltrated Other Games.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the most surprising, exciting and generally badass Assassin’s Creed crossovers.
But don’t reach for your wrist-blade if we left out your favourite - just let us know in the comments!
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (2018)
The Smash Bros games quickly became one of the most popular fighting series of all time partially because of how they let Nintendo fans get all of their favourite characters together in one place to duke it out. In more recent iterations, that appeal has been expanded with the inclusion of characters from way beyond Nintendo’s own stable - everyone from Mario’s long-time rival Sonic to more realistic characters like Metal Gear’s Snake have turned up for the brawl. Sadly, Ezio and Altair have yet to make the guest list but players can now dress their Mii Fighters up in assassins’ robes which is pretty darn close!
From famous historical locations to iconic fictional realms, Minecraft players have dedicated thousands of hours towards intricately recreating their favourite places in charming, bricky form. It’s always cool to see somewhere familiar rendered in Minecraft’s unique style and while players have shown no end of ingenuity in building things from scratch - that is literally what the whole game is about, after all - sometimes it helps to have a few ready-made touches like the three Assassin’s Creed skins which were added with Skin Pack 4. Whether they’re sneaking around a blocky version of Jerusalem or tottering about somewhere much more random, players can now look their assassinating best.
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” (2008)
They might reside in different eras, but the Assassin’s Creed and Metal Gear series both revolve around stealthy fellas stalking through the shadows within a world of deep and complicated conspiracies, so it makes sense that they’d share something of a symbiotic relationship. Altair’s robes might not provide Snake with as much camouflage as his high-tech gear but they do offer a stylish clothing option once you unlock them in Metal Gear Solid 4. The favour was returned in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood where Raiden’s ninja gear can be obtained, and there’s even a cute reference to the series famous “Leap of Faith” in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. For stealth game lovers, this is a truly dreamy crossover.
“Rayman Legends” (2013)
Long before Ubisoft struck gold with Altair and Ezio in the Assassin's Creed series, it created one of gaming’s most beloved heroes - Rayman. While the loose-limbed star never quite rose to the famous heights of other cartoon platformers like Mario and Sonic, he was always a firm cult favourite. For the HD era, Origins was able to breath new life into the series thanks to its crisp visuals and smooth, fast-paced gameplay and the follow-up, appropriately titled Legends, then allowed Ubisoft to celebrate both of its prodigal sons at the same time - kitting Rayman out in the series’ famous white robes. Rayman’s spin-off series, Raving Rabbids, has also continued the love-in with a series of Assassin’s Creed inspired costumes.
“Toy Soldiers: War Chest” (2015)
Toy Soldiers is the ideal game for anyone looking to tumble back into their childhood memories of hours spent setting up elaborate battles with their action figures. The best part of which was always combining characters from all sorts of different series into one ginormous conflict. The nostalgia kick gets dialed up with the “Hall of Fame” edition where the likes of He-Man and G.I. Joe join the fray in plastic figure form, as well as Ezio Auditore da Firenze - perfect for players who grew up in a post-Joe world!
“Team Fortress 2” (2007)
A hectic first-person shooter like Team Fortress might seem like an odd fit for Assassin’s Creed given the series’ preference for sneak attacks and close-quarters combat, and perhaps that’s why you won’t find Ezio or Altair leaping into this particular series themselves - they’ve got more sense than to go head-to-head with these minigun-toting lunatics, after all. But players can get their hands on the iconic hood and wrist-blade combo if they want to see how well their assassin skills translate, even if that does mean bringing a knife to a rocket launcher fight.
“Watch Dogs” (2014)
While most of the crossovers which Assassin’s Creed has taken part in are little meta bits of fan service that aren’t really considered part of the game’s narrative, the easter eggs found in Watch Dogs have gradually indicated that the two series might actually exist within the same universe. Some of the connections initially just seemed like gags - like the scene in Watch Dogs which clearly makes fun of Assassin’s Creed’s post-kill “confession” sequences. But the key clue came when the Black Flag character Olivier Garneau showed up as a target over in the other series. A screenshot of Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce taking him out can then be found in Assassin’s Creed: Origins, effectively confirming that the two stories are connected. Easily the most mind blowing moment on this list for fans of the two series.
“Soulcalibur V” (2012)
While Assassin’s Creed remains a mere cosplay option in Smash Bros, another famous fighting series went all the way and introduced Ezio to its playable roster - Soulcalibur V. Ezio is at his best when he’s taking his enemies completely unaware but he’s also a highly-trained combatant with a wide arsenal of weapons allowing him to go toe to toe with the best of them, so he fits right in here. From his signature hidden blades to his sword and crossbow, the game does a great job of translating Ezio’s gear into a Soulcalibur move-set. Better yet, they even manage to make his appearance sort of fit in with the Assassin’s Creed canon, mentioning a gap in Ezio’s timeline that completely stumped the folks trying to sort through his memories.
“For Honor” (2017)
Who were the greatest warriors of all time? That’s the question which For Honor gives players the chance to answer by taking samurai, medieval knights and vikings, and leaving them to slug it out. Given the Assassin’s Creed series’ love of recreating and remixing history, it only made sense that their own set of highly-trained killers would eventually slip into the battle as well. An event called “For The Creed” saw players taking control of assassins and templars rather than the usual factions, with Ezio and Cesare Borgia providing star turns as their commanders. With a variety of AC-inspired weapons and a new look for several of the maps, this is one of the most complete infiltrations that Ezio and co have ever achieved.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
“LittleBigPlanet 2” (2011)
Lots of Games Have Ezio Costumes but None of Them Look This Adorable
“South Park: The Fractured but Whole” (2017)
Even Elite Assassins Aren’t Safe From South Park
“The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” (2011)
Plenty of Faith, Not Enough Hay
“Academy of Champions: Soccer” (2009)
Turns Out Altaïr Is Pretty Deadly on the Pitch
“Final Fantasy XV” (2016)
Final Fantasy is another long-running series which has had a fruitful relationship with Assassin’s Creed. It began with an unlockable Ezio costume in Final Fantasy XIII-2, allowing the player to imagine how deadly the Italian charmer might have been if he could throw fireballs too. But they really kicked things up a notch with a full-blown “Assassin’s Festival” add-on for the 14th game which included some fun cosmetic changes like various assassin’s robes, but also some deeper additions. The new storyline stripped the player of their magic powers and forced them to rely on stealth, cunning and climbing abilities to take out their foes - a true Assassin’s Creed experience within the Final Fantasy world!