What Did the Assassin's Creed 2 Remaster Do to This Poor Guy's Face? [UPDATE]

This could be considered a crime in some places.


Update 2: Ubisoft has acknowledged in a statement to Kotaku that the bizarre-looking face is real but only appears rarely, as the NPC is randomly generated. The climbing issue, meanwhile, is reportedly the result of a glitch that was also present in the original game.

Update: It looks as if the troubling face could be the result of a glitch, as others playing this sequence haven't been able to replicate it. We'll report back if and when we learn more.

Original Story: This week saw the release of Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection, a remastered version of three older games in the series for Xbox One and PS4. The visual overhaul isn't massive by any means, but it does appear to look nicer overall. It does however have some nagging issues, not the least of which is one poor guy's face.

As documented in the Polygon video below, the Collection's version of Assassin's Creed II does something unconscionable to the face of a bystander during one cutscene. What was a normal-looking guy in the original version of the game (shown in the video through backwards compatibility on Xbox One) has turned into a hilarious monster of a person with bulging, kiwi-sized eyes.

It's actually somewhat dumbfounding that this is what a character in the game actually looks like, however minor he might be. And yes, if you're wondering, someone already made the joke you might be thinking of.

Perhaps more bothersome--or at least less amusing--is the change to Ezio's climbing animation. It's seemingly been sped up, with Polygon aptly comparing it to the movement of a spider monkey. Also on display in the video are some animation glitches and an instance of being blocked from climbing up onto a roof despite there being nothing in the way.

In addition to Assassin's Creed II, The Ezio Collection includes Brotherhood and Revelations for $60. Specially marked packages also come with a ticket to the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie, which--while it's undoubtedly too late--I hope features a cameo from the ACII monster man.

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That NPC looks like a character from Wallace and Gromit.

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I like that dude. They should all look like that.

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Prefer the look of the original with more subdued colours. The colour temperature on people's faces is too warm. Looks like they have high blood pressure or a lot of makeup on.

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Lmao... That's too funny. Poor guy

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I love games with hilarious glitches. I keep watching those glitchy Fifa games on youtube!

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I see a few minor texture changes but other than that it's mostly colour correction. I don't think it is worth it

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He looks like a typical millennial now.

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its Titles like this that make me hate gamespot more and more. repost if you agree

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@CagedOkami: k seeya

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@CagedOkami: :D 1 Like = slap in the balls for me :D

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This looks seriously bad, how did they even release it with all those animation and collision problems.

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Maybe they should put some effort into developing decent gameplay mechanics instead of f'n up games that were great to begin with.

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Wow. WOW.

They could not have fucked this up anymore if they tried. What the **** were they thinking?

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Ubi Suits: We've got a problem. Nobody likes AC anymore.

Ubi Devs: Well, you've been forcing us to crank out a new one every year for, like, forever.

Ubi Suits: We've decided to fix the problem by remastering the best games in the series. Everybody loved AC II, right?

Ubi Devs: Yeah, that one was great. We actually had two years to work on it.

Ubi Suits: But, make sure you totally botch the new version.

Ubi Devs: Wait, what?

Ubi Suits: Yeah, that way, the other games will look way better in comparison. Genius!

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So first they say 30fps is better than 60fps then they downgrade quality of their games calling it "remastered"? What are you doing Ubisoft? What are you doing?

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The desaturation of the "remaster" makes it look worse overall.

What's the point of increasing the texture size and adding new lighting when it looks less good after you're done?

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Another broken ASSassin's Creed!? Thanks Ubisoft for a new glitch monster to haunt my dreams. XO

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I only played AC2 of Ezio trilogy and I may buy this compilation, if only for the visual recreation of italian renaissance which is stunning!

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Well, such things happens, but why so often?

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Just but the pc version.

Christmas sale soon.

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@uninspiredcup: I don't understand this either, are your PC's THAT BAD that they can't max out an old game?

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lets sell for 60 bucks a pack of games that we already sold for 10 on steam...people are stupid enough to buy this

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Every year they gave a remaster of last year with new "Story" and people liked it... so they decided to troll their stupid fans!

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Did I like the trilogy? Sure. Revelations not so much but the other two were great.

Enough to play them again, never mind buy them again? No.

Basically anything with the Assassin's Creed gameplay style puts me off now.

Even if it was good before, it just kills me inside now. Everything is so deliberately slow and drawn out. When I actually stop just doing what the game tells me to, and think, I realise I don't consider anything fun. It's just a shopping list. In a beautiful supermarket, but a shopping list nonetheless. Such a drag.

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@naryanrobinson: Shopping list? You must live in an exciting neighborhood.

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@naryanrobinson: Your shopping list analogy is spot on. There seems to be a trend towards quantity of quality in a lot of recent games, and Ubisoft is probably the worst offender.

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@naryanrobinson: Sounds like you got burned out.

Personally the Ezio story is my favourite, and the only 3 games I have completed more than once of the AC series.

I have not bought the remaster though, since I own the games on PC. While I would like a graphical improvement, the price tag is a little high for me right now.

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@emmagillan: I earn $50 every time I comment on spam. It's great.

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The environments in the remaster look amazing.

The character models not so much. There's flat faces and warped faces everywhere. And most people's eyes are HUGE and looking in two different directions.

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So this is on par with every Ubisoft game now.

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@chiefwiggum16: Yes, remastered to the crap quality of Unity.

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In some moments original version looks better than remastered. But when it goes to this glitch i've read that this was a XO problem, not PS4. I have very unclear informations, but i assume, that soon all version will have a patch to fix this issues.

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@spielchen-maker: Please put that Sony banner down, rest them arms....

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Man, watching this video brought back some memories. The immersion on the Ezio saga was great, the people, their accent, the music, the landmarks. I've been to Italy once and I felt like I was back there when I was playing this game. Not the same feeling when I was playing Unity with the French speaking in British accent. Ugh...

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@danyjr: Yeah, it wasn't until I heard the music that I remembered how much I loved the first few AC games. When I heard the music I had an overwhelming sense of nostalgia.

I played Revelations almost to the end but never finished it and haven't play an AC since. I even bought AC3 but never played it. Might be time to dive back into the series and catch up on the ones I missed.

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@Iamkalell: that's one of the main disappointments I had with the other games the music wasn't as epic.

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@Iamkalell: Black Flag and Rogue have great stories. I'd definitely recommend both of them.

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A guy with a weird face is at least an improvement from the faceless people in AC: Unity.

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The Ubisoft face bug is back!?

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"My dog ate a bee"

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We work in the dark to serve the light!

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Lol that face. I'll pick it up when it's cheaper.

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Cocaine is a hell of a drug

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