Assassin’s Creed 3 US trailer censored to remove American troop slaughter

Friday, 5th October 2012 11:34 GMT By Dave Cook

Assassin’s Creed 3 received an ace new trailer yesterday – watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet – but the American version has been censored to remove scenes of protagonist Connor killing American troops. See the comparison below.

Here’s the European version – note the scene of Connor brutally slaughtering American troops at 02:09.

Now watch the shorter American version here.

The American version is 30 seconds shorter and does not include any scenes where American troops are being killed, despite Connor clearly being a character who fights on both sides of the war.

What do you make of the censorship? Let us know below.

Thanks Kotaku.



  1. deadstoned

    Ubisoft trying to sell to Americans who just want to play a part in their revolutionary war, but I think they’re also trying to not upset some sensitive Americans. Weird really, us Brits don’t really care lol.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Karooo

    “Here’s the European version – note the scene of Connor brutally slaughtering American troops at 02:09.”

    Haha, well done, Dave. Yummy scene.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @2 haha, I wouldn’t say it’s yummy dude :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KaniKaniza

    Think this was plain unnecessary and a case of overreaction. Or at the very least Ubisoft trying too hard not to upset Americans. I’ve got lots of British friends who have seen plenty of AC3 trailers and they are not upset that British people are being slaughtered. So why does America get the special treatment? I’m sorry, but I just don’t see what the point is in this type of censorship.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Strawb

    It really doesn’t make much sense. They remove the slaughter of US troops in a commercial for the game, basically, but the slaughter is still in the game and completely interactive.

    Make up your mind, Ubisoft.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. friendlydave

    @5 When you buy the game you know what your getting into, while
    trailers are different. You could be browsing a site and that trailer might appear and play, or if it will be featured on TV in the states then any one could possibly see it.

    I think its more to cater for those Americans who aren’t interested in Assassins creed but will still come across the trailer. Ubisoft saving them selves from angry folk who have to much patriotism.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. gamereck36

    If it was apart of Americas story why censor it?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    They’re doing it for 2 simple reasons:
    - ‘Mericans are more lawsuit happy than Brits
    - They’re defending themselves from Republicans and Tea Parties (ref.
    the Democrat Senate Candidate attacked by Republicans
    because she plays WoW, a notorious ZOMG VIOLENT GAEMS)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. viralshag

    This looks so good. I can’t wait to play it.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. alimokrane

    But it’s ok to slaughter Iraqi, Afghan and Russian soldiers in other games in America… Behold Selective Freedom of Speech! Our world SUCKS!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    Well it’s hardly surprising that Ubisoft will tailor the American ad to suit the American audience is it?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. viralshag

    @11, Please leave your logic at the door. This is a games website. Overreaction is required.


    #12 2 years ago
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  14. TMRNetShark

    LOL, really? Call of Duty shows America getting invaded by Russia… It’s the revolutionary war for the US! I would expect to see casualties on both sides! Remember Ubisoft… you are weaving fiction into a historical event. It doesn’t mean Conner actually killed US colonial soldiers in real life. :P

    #14 2 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    lol, what a sad joke.

    But let’s be honest here, Fox News and other shitty mainstream media would probably find a way to false advertise the game as a killing-simulator-for-hadis.

    Still, it’s pretty pathetic.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Beta

    Just protecting themselves from negative publicity in America. Whereas they don’t need to in Britain as we’re not really that bothered ;D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    I don’t think Americans have any problems owning their history. What made the revolution so awesome was that they took so many beatings and still managed to stick it to the worlds greatest superpower.

    I really don’t see why Ubisoft would feel the need to censor it. If you’re running it on Thanksgiving or something, then it might be considered a weak sort of courtesy, but I don’t think anyone asked for it.

    @8 They also have something called the First Amendment, which means that any lawsuit trying to infringe on imagery like that would be thrown out at the hearing.

    @15 It’s great for business when Fox does that though.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Peetry

    Probably a good decision, that kind of thing can go down badly in the US. If it sells more copies this way then so be it, its not like they’ve edited the content from the game.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    The scene in question is still in the game tho right? Just removed from the trailer?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @19: Sure it is. You can still kill everyone in the game, that also includes american soldiers. I wonder if some missions involve killing american soldiers, or if it’s just a scene showing Connor randomly killing people.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. deathm00n

    And just remember you can kill civilians in avery AC game, way worst than killing soldiers of a beloved country, and yet nobody complains

    #21 2 years ago
  22. deathm00n

    @20 He don’t mind who he kills, he’s just trying to win the war against the templars, if he need to kill Americans to end the templars he will do it, he isn’t fighting the civil war, he’s fighting the assassins vs templars war

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Yoshi

    So they have big enough balls to fuck around with the PC community but they don’t have big enough balls to show a few computer game soldiers wearing the American gear dying… FUCK OFF UBI XD

    #23 2 years ago
  24. YoungZer0

    @22: I know.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. joshua nash

    as an American i think that this is complete and total BS, i don’t mind at all the part of the trailer where Connor kills American Colonial Troops, hell i’m looking forward to the part the of the game where I actually have to kill an templar on the american side of the war, simply cause the whole killing of british has just like venice in AC2 been in my opinion over hyped or at least focused on to much, ubisoft needs start showing more killing of American Templars

    #25 2 years ago
  26. SplatteredHouse

    watch that and consider: DOUBLE FUCKING STANDARDS, much? >:( It’s too much, too much bullshit. I am done with this company, they’ve no idea.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Khan979

    I’m american and in no way does it offend me, ubisoft made this decision not the american people. Please don’t try to put all americans in this “they’re too sensitive” category. The fact of the matter is the killing of american colinial troops is in the game and I haven’t seen it made a big deal of anywhere here in the US.

    Even if some crappy news outlet does mention it, since when do journalists represent the average person, they always try to blow stories out of proportion.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. SplatteredHouse

    @10: exactly. What a total joke.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. licentia89

    This doesn’t even make sense, there has been a littany of movies and games where US troops die, including a host of moder military games.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Antisuperman

    The only word I can use to describe this is silly…It’s just so nonsensical. As an American I’m in no way offended by the idea that some Americans could be bad guys. We Americans slaughtered the Native Americans for no reason other than wanting their land. So yeah…Our hands aren’t clean either. Another thing to think about is at this point in history VERY few people thought of themselves as “American”. On top of everything the killing of the soldiers is completely without context. For all anyone knows they’re traitors or undercover Templar. In fact it’s pretty well established in this series that there are plenty of American Templar…I really think Ubisoft needs to just sack up instead of cutting parts of trailers out. Frankly, if anyone IS offended by this, they’re just going to be more angry it was cut out of the trailer. At least if it was in the trailer, they’d know to avoid the game.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. TheWulf

    They are ultimately protecting themselves from lawsuits. America is undoubtedly litigious. On the other hand, it’s more than a bit amusing how my US friend have reacted to this. There’s more than a little bit of irritation there – and both at Ubisoft and at the US. Since there are people in the US who’d sue over that, but at the same time it’s completely ridiculous that it would get censored.

    Oh, our world, and all the bloody stupid people in it.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. DSB

    I think @1 is closer to what’s really going on. It’s not that modern Americans actually care about minute men getting killed, it’s that Ubisoft want to appeal to the camo-wearing NRA-membership-carrying flagwaving pey-tri-uht.

    They just want to make it look cool for the Tea Party crowd.

    I had another friend speculate that that was really why Assassins Creed had been bogged down with all the scifi crap to begin with. Americans might not be able to connect with a real Hashashin or renaissance Italian.

    A time travelling New York bartender on the other hand…

    Although that would really just be Ubisofts opinion of them. We all know they don’t have the biggest respect for any of their customers.

    #32 2 years ago

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