Community 

News

Assassin's Creed Fans Launch Isu - English Dictionary

12/2/21

unknown.png

Top Stories

ac4-black-flag-4.jpg

The Assassin's Creed Community are raising

money for Ocean Conservancy.

Donate today

Assassin's Creed fans have managed to crack the secret language of the highly advanced precursor race known as the Isu, and in the process, decode multiple hidden messages.

Save 10% on officially licensed Assassin's

Creed Origins merchandise with the code "TOWCB"

Edited by Ashlea Buckley

We would like to extend our admiration to all the fans who helped in this incredible community effort.

About the Author

Col is the Community Admin for The Ones Who Came Before, and one of the UK Assassin's Creed community ambassadors.

He is also a former Ubisoft Star Player, and has spent the last 6 years working within the Assassin's Creed community on countless projects.

Twitter

Colum Blackett

Top Stories

A new Assassin's Creed Isu to English dictionary has been released thanks to a collaborative community effort to decode secret messages. Fans first noticed the strange symbols on the collector's edition of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, as well as in the game, and set about trying to decode them.

 

The team over at Access the Animus managed to successfully crack the code, and in the process, discovered the legitimate way to unlock the Isu bow, which had been found in the game due to a clever save hack.   

The decoded messages led the team to an iron ore deposit on a small island surrounded by a lake in Northumbria, which could only be destroyed using the Excalibur sword at sunset! 

Following the discovery, the creator of the language, Antoine Henry (Associate director at Ubisoft Singapore) joined RockPaperShotgun for an interview detailing the creation process.

''The idea of creating a language for the Isu came about during a casual discussion with [narrative director] Darby McDevitt, where I was telling him about my passion for languages and creating them. When he mentioned creating one for the Isu, I thought it was just one of these crazy ideas you come up with in a discussion for the fun of it. Even though we were both excited, I didn't think he was serious at all. Months passed and I thought that would be the end of it. Then one day, out of nowhere, Darby contacted me to see how we could make it happen!"

"The process of creating the Isu language was writing in reverse a history of how humans learned it from the Isu, and how it then evolved over time to become Proto-Indo-European. I started from old languages in that family (Latin, Ancient Greek, Sanskrit, etc.) and academic reconstructions of what Proto-Indo-European could have been like, and worked my way backwards from there."

''We completely intended for the community to decipher some of the language, but I would have never imagined that they would go as far as they did. They managed to break down words and rules that I didn't even think could be identified! I am amazed by their passion and dedication. As a creator when you see this, it really makes the effort worth it."

It's fair to say that fans have impressed the Assassin's Creed Valhalla development team with their codebreaking skills, but the community has now gone one step further by compiling all of the translated words and phrases to form an Isu- English dictionary!

This new community resource will no doubt be an indispensable tool for helping fans unlock even more secrets in future codebreaking efforts, and can be found here on Reddit thanks to the work of user IMHOZen1.

''Codex Transferendum is now a full-fledged Isu language guide, from writing, to translating, to now even speaking every single bit of Isu text we see in Valhalla!'' IMHOZen1 details in his post. With the help of Reddit user /bool0011, the Isu vocalizations for each character were successfully decrypted. 

The 25 page document is available for free, and will no doubt be a central resource for all those wishing to learn the mysterious language of the Isu.

Assassin's Creed is a registered trademark of Ubisoft Entertainment

Use our Amazon Associate links to support TOWCB and keep the site ad-free. 

                         Simply click the links before you begin shopping!

Top Stories

121584846_1421636811524765_2448309593762

Interview with Benoît Richer (AC Valhalla Co-Dev Game Director)

0_495115ea9530786ffa339662354-ACV_screen

Q&A with Eric Baptizat:

AC Valhalla Game Director

MV5BMTkxMTA0MTEzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDk3

Interview with Roger Craig Smith (Ezio Auditore)

Eb3OwYCWAAAorrJ.jpg

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Fan Gallery HUB

Greyhound_sRGB_V120201022-3856-1d2pfm4.j

Assassin's Creed Netflix Series Announced

109965292_2635648960034525_2011741698090

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Merchandise Guide

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • new_edited

We work in the dark to serve the light.

We are Assassins.