‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ Creative Director Explains Game’s Lack Of French Accent

Alex Amancio, the creative director of Ubisoft's upcoming "Assassin's Creed Unity," opened up regarding the lack of French accents in the game.

Set in Paris, France, the game was criticized because the main characters spoke with a British accent. For the criticizers, this element was off-putting.

For Amancio, the decision to have the characters speak English is a way of establishing the subtle tone of the game, according to the Ubisoft Blog.

"The idea is that the Animus is translating everything into the language you're playing in," Amancio explained. "That's why, since you're an Anglophone, you're hearing all the dialogue and cinematics in English."

"It would really make no sense for there to be a French accent because that would mean that this French character is trying to address you in accented English," he added . "Everyone in the game is not trying to speak English for your benefit."

In addition, the director didn't want the characters to speak English with a French accent in order to maintain the game's serious tone.

"It's an artistic choice," he said. "It's a new generation and the story is a little bit more serious, and having everyone speak in a thick French accent would detract a lot from the experience."

Amancio then explained that the reason why the development team made the characters speak with a British accent is because of what they learned from a trip in Hollywood, IGN reported.

Based on past films, they realized that the British accent carries a more archaic or period mood as compared to a plain American accent.  

Amancio, however, noted that the non-playable characters or the citizens walking around the main ones can be heard speaking French fluently.

If they approach the characters to communicate with them, they will do so in English just so gamers can understand what they are saying, according to Kotaku.

"The only lines that are going to be translated into English are gameplay-related elements that we need to convey to the player," the director said. "Those parts will be in English. Everything else is in French."

"You'll really have the immersion of walking around in Paris and hearing everyone speaking French," he added.

"Assassin's Creed Unity" is set for release on Nov. 11 of this year. It will be available for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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