Concept work for "Assassin's Creed Duel", an unmade Ubisoft XBLA/PSN 2.5D fighter

Mama Robotnik

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UI Designer/Artist Benoit Perreault worked for Ubisoft from 2004 to March 2012. On his online portfolio - in the section showing his video game work and assets, he lists the three images I'm posting here.

The disclaimer NOT A GAME is ambiguous. The images could possibly be his own personal work, but I doubt it for the following reasons:

  • The images are listed with his industry work, strongly suggesting they were a part of his career.

  • The images list a specific format (XBLA, PSN (likely a misspelling of PNS)) - fan-art world have no reason to list a target format.

  • He worked for Ubisoft for seven years and now works for Eidos. There is no reason I can fathom that he'd be creating Ubisoft fanart during his new career at Eidos.

  • The images are located in a URL subdirectory called "Projects" alongside his other professional work - suggesting the game was a Ubisoft project at one point.
Therefore I think Assassin's Creed Duel is a Ubisoft game that never made it past early development. It was either abandoned while still in its concept stages, or developed and cancelled early before any announcement was made of its existence.

I have never played an Assassin's Creed game yet, so I'm not best placed to scrutinise the screenshots. It does seem to be a 2.5D fighter though.





The idea of playing other Ubisoft characters (Rabbids! Jade! Rayman!) is certainly quite appealing.
 

SirIgbyCeaser

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If i was a producer at ubisoft and saw this... i'd fire the dude for being so unoriginal.. the character selection has no depth.

ALSO CLEARLY NOT A GAME.
 

DieH@rd

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Looks like a concept art for a game pitch. Could be good. Just name it Ubisoft All Stars.
 

nrvalleytime

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I'm throwing money at the screen and nothing happens. WHY?
Because it's Monopoly money, and you've already spent all of your real money on yearly Assassin's Creed games.

I just can't see this game even being enjoyable (perhaps why it was scrapped) - how many viable, unique characters are there? 4-5 leads, and then some minor supporting characters?
 

Toski

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I wonder if this was just a brainstorming idea for what would become multiplayer in AC:Brotherhood. Obviously this didn't make the cut, but it may have been submitted as a hail mary.
 

EvB

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I don't think that the variety of Assassin's Creed characters is good enough or iconic enough to make into a fighting game.

When somebody said Jade was in it my brain Automatically thought Jade Raymond. She would be the boss character.
 
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Can you imagine a fighting game with Ubisoft's ridiculous bloated animations? It'd take half the round just to counter an attack.
 

TheSeks

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Would have been the most boring fighting game ever, both players waiting to counter the other.
*Golf Clap*

UI looks interesting. Sync being the super meter like other fighting games.

It sounds like it wouldn't work but the art-concepts show that Ubisoft or just this dude put some thought into it.
 

Sentenza

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Well, if the battle system was going to be as good as the one in the AC main saga... I think I wouldn't mourn this game too much.
 

Mama Robotnik

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Its amazing how quickly some sites can grab a NeoGAF post and pretend that they did the research and made the discovery. Its barely been an hour and:

Impromptu Wall of Shame

http://stickskills.com/2013/04/13/assassins-creed-duel-was-a-ubisoft-fighter-that-never-released/

http://www.allgamesbeta.com/

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/13984/article/assassin-s-creed-4-could-have-been-a-fighting-game-leaked-concept-art-surfaces/

http://www.gamestar.de/spiele/assassins-creed-4-black-flag/news/assassins_creed_duel,48993,3011221.html

http://www.explosion.com/28704/concept-art-for-assassins-creed-duel-revealed/

http://retrospectrealm.com/2013/04/13/take-a-look-at-ubisofts-unreleased-assassins-creed-fighting-game/

http://www.vgtimes.ru/xbox-360-news/10331-ubisoft-rabotala-nad-faytingom-vo-vselennoy-assassins-creed.html

http://inthegame.nl/screenshots/assassins-creed-duel-was-in-ontwikkeling/

http://www.vandal.net/noticia/1350636591/aparecen-bocetos-de-un-juego-de-lucha-de-assassins-creed/

http://blogocio.net/rumor-los-personajes-de-ubisoft-reunidos-en-assassins-creed-duel-no-65720/

http://www.ps3gen.fr/assassin-creed-duel-ubisoft-jeu-combat-annule-psn-xbox-live-benoit-perreault-actualite-32711.html

http://multiplayer.it/notizie/117329-un-ex-ubisoft-lancia-lidea-di-un-picchiaduro-basato-su-assassins-creed.html

http://www.pixelania.com/generalmenunews/21759-se-filtran-imagenes-de-assassins-creed-duel.html

http://www.playstationpure.be/blog/item/12906/Concept-work-Assassins-Creed-Duel-opgedoken

http://www.play3-live.com/news-ps3-un-jeu-de-combat-pour-assassins-creed-56995.html

http://www.gamrreview.com/news/89959/concept-work-for-assassins-creed-duel-released

http://www.merlininkazani.com/Assassins_Creed-haber-60834p1.html

http://www.ps3site.pl/firma-ubisoft-pracowala-nad-bijatyka-w-uniwersum-assassins-creed/148999

http://giochi.atuttonet.it/news/assassins-creed-duel-picchiaduro-saga-mercato.php

http://ps3.4gamers.be/nieuws/25302/1/Concept-artwork-voor-Assassins-Creed-Duel-opgedoken

http://www.geimin.co.uk/concept-work-for-assassins-creed-duel-released-news/

http://www.sussuworld.com/2013/04/concept-atrs-de-assassins-creed-duel.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+SussuWorld+(Sussu+World)

I like that they even use the information I cited from linkedin in their stories like they found it themselves. Of course there's not a single nod to NeoGAF or link to this post or anything. I'm used to it and all, but its still completely shameless.
 

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Its amazing how quickly some sites can grab a NeoGAF post and pretend that they did the research and made the discovery. Its barely been an hour and:

http://stickskills.com/2013/04/13/assassins-creed-duel-was-a-ubisoft-fighter-that-never-released/

http://www.allgamesbeta.com/

http://www.playstationpure.be/blog/item/12906/Concept-work-Assassins-Creed-Duel-opgedoken

I like that they even use the information I cited from linkedin in their stories like they found it themselves. I'm used to it and all, but its still shameless.
That's disgusting.
 

Shiggy

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Its amazing how quickly some sites can grab a NeoGAF post and pretend that they did the research and made the discovery. Its barely been an hour and:

http://stickskills.com/2013/04/13/assassins-creed-duel-was-a-ubisoft-fighter-that-never-released/

http://www.allgamesbeta.com/

http://www.playstationpure.be/blog/item/12906/Concept-work-Assassins-Creed-Duel-opgedoken

I like that they even use the information I cited from linkedin in their stories like they found it themselves. I'm used to it and all, but its still shameless.
AllGamesBeta is well known for doing that.
 

NEO0MJ

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Its amazing how quickly some sites can grab a NeoGAF post and pretend that they did the research and made the discovery. Its barely been an hour and:

http://stickskills.com/2013/04/13/assassins-creed-duel-was-a-ubisoft-fighter-that-never-released/

http://www.allgamesbeta.com/

http://www.playstationpure.be/blog/item/12906/Concept-work-Assassins-Creed-Duel-opgedoken

http://www.play3-live.com/news-ps3-un-jeu-de-combat-pour-assassins-creed-56995.html

I like that they even use the information I cited from linkedin in their stories like they found it themselves. Of course there's not a single nod to NeoGAF or link to this post or anything. I'm used to it and all, but its still completely shameless.
Why don't you turn the text into an image and put a Neogaf watermark on it and on the images?
 

Alienous

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Lol. This is just ... lol.

Maybe they realised that there were only 2 assassins anyone cared about?
 

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Anyone else think that Ubisoft is just trying to milk the AC franchise like what activision is doing with CoD...?

Ubisoft has my respects, but I bet they could be pumping out far better content if they decided to work on another new IP.
 

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Good work Mama, as always. allgamesbeta seems to have that M.O. as I read on other threads here. The others I don't recognize them though. Hey, perhaps Edge will pick it too! ;)