Assassin’s Creed Unity – Animating the French Revolution

There are few things that go better together than videogames and comic books. If you love one, chances are you love the other (we know we do). And in the case of a next-gen game like Assassin’s Creed Unity, we needed a next-gen comic. That’s where our partnership with musician and director Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween) and artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Fear Agent) comes in. Together they crafted an animated short that highlights the chaos and brutality of the French Revolution. Zombie’s directorial skills and Moore’s unique art style have come together to paint Paris red with blood in this new animated short, debuted at the Assassin’s Creed Unity panel at San Diego Comic Con.

This type of video was a first for Moore, who came to this project thanks to poster artist Angryblue. “I’ve had some stuff turned into motion comics before, so in my head that’s kind of what I anticipated, but I wasn’t really prepared at all for the level of execution that these guys were putting together,” Moore explained. “I was kind of thinking on that wavelength ahead of time and I was drawing art that was more suited to being cut up into little pieces and moved around. I had no idea how far these guys were going to take it.”

Of course, fans who are familiar with Tony Moore’s work will know his history with gore and horror, which makes him a perfect fit to capture the bloodshed of the French Revolution (and have fun doing it). “There’s this one part in the storming of the Bastille where we zoom in on a guy getting stabbed in the eye,” says Moore about his favorite part of the short. “We thought about it a lot and me and the animation team when back and forth with it and we went over the pacing and the viscosity of the blood and we just really dug in on it. Then the animation team went in and did this 3D mapping over a section of the face and had all the blood spurting out and all that great stuff. When they turned that in, it just blew my mind because it had been a long time coming with a lot of rough cuts and then when they were like, Here’s what we’ve got. It just blew me away.”

Tony Moore Poster

And if that stellar animation isn’t enough for Assassin’s Creed fans, this super limited edition poster from Tony Moore and Angryblue will be a boon for any collector. For those attending San Diego Comic Con, the first 500 people to complete the parkour course will get one of these signed beauties. For those unable to attend, Moore and Angryblue will have some to sell as well. Keep an eye on their Tumblr pages (Tony Moore and Angryblue) to find out how you can get one.

“Angryblue is a brilliant poster artist and designer and I was really excited for the chance to collaborate with him on this,” Moore said. “I’m really proud of how this turned out.”

Assassin's Creed Unity - Animated Short

For more on Assassin’s Creed Unity, take a look at these posts:

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Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity

Release date — November 11, 2014
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestoned streets run red with the blood of commoners who dare to rise up against an oppressive aristocracy. Yet as the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark upon an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
The Author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under former UbiBlog editor Gary Steinman. Now she's a lone wolf, prowling around her corner of the office and slowly descending into madness. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis