Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Discovery Tour censors all the nudey statues

We’ve only just started exploring the newly released Discovery Tour for Assassin’s Creed Origins, but there’s something we thought you should know. Gone entirely are all the marble boobies and winkies. For what we can only assume are “educational purposes”, the game’s many statues have been rather daftly covered up by a plague of seashells.

Ubisoft’s stated goal with the Discovery Tour is to take advantage of the four years of research that went into their meticulous recreation of Ptolemaic period Egypt, and offer a mode that lets you explore the game in a non-violent, educational way. Guided tours of every corner of the game (there are billions of them) provide information about the period, architecture, people and so on, in rather silly MOVIE TRAILER style voices.

And fantastic, because goodness knows it seems such a waste to fill Ubi’s intricate cities with just four hundred and thirty-three thousand fetch quests, then abandon them for the next year’s. But almost immediately upon starting, as I was told some quite astoundingly dry and disjointed facts about the building of Alexandria, I spotted that something rather odd had happened since I was last there. Someone rather prudish had been making handy with the shell art.

As if former US Attorney General John Ashcroft had been let loose in Ancient Egypt, each and every naked or semi-naked statue that adorned the cities has been censored for the blushed-faced.

And it has been done in the most entertainingly lame way, with the exact same sunray venus seashell crudely glued over every penis and breast, to the point where it looks splendidly farcical.

Presumably, and we’ve not troubled Ubisoft for a comment, this was done to stave off the inevitable idiocy of all three people out of a potential seven billion who would complain to their local state senator that school children were being encouraged to look at historically accurate depictions of a city in their history lessons.

With the hope that the game would be used in schools, someone somewhere, hopefully with their head in their hands, said, “Folks, we’re going to have to update the statue textures for the sake of our migraines. Please, for goodness sakes, put the absolute minimum effort into this.”

And so it is! No risk of a teenager accidentally seeing a naked breast any more. Nor indeed a cartoon depiction of an ancient statue’s flaccid penis, GOD FORBID. Imagine the horrors.

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    Matchstick says:

    So are the statues also infested with shells in the original game or are they available in their full mind-corrupting horror ?

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      These shells are not present in the regular game.

    • Faldrath says:

      Are the censorshells only in the standalone version, or also in the discovery mode in the game itself?

    • Beery says:

      They are available in all their mind-corrupting glory in the game’s standard mode.

      Ironically, one of the most historically accurate depictions of Roman era life – the brothel murals – are not available in the historical tour mode. In another example of deep and embarrassing irony, the tours routinely get dates and facts wrong. So not only does this historical tour censor history – it also gets the history wrong. So, if you actually want to learn about Roman era Egypt, you are likely to learn incorrect information, bringing new meaning to the phrase “epic fail”.

  2. GrumpyCatFace says:

    Thank god we can censor ancient art now, for modern sensibilities. Imagine if our children were exposed to the barbarity of the human form in marble. I have to pray now.

    • Chaoslord AJ says:

      Censorship, sadly a sign of degenerates taking over.
      It even happens in art museums and universities so why would a mainstream appeasing moneygrabber like Ubisoft be an exception.

      • DanIsNotHere says:

        I don’t know what museums would censor this kind of content now, none near me. Certainly not universities. Not today. But go back a few hundred years, and huge numbers of statues had their penises chiseled off or covered with fig leaves.

        • signatus says:

          This springs to mind.

          • DanIsNotHere says:

            Not a great example. One exhibit out of a large collection temporarily removed as a publicity stunt, sorry to ‘promote debate’. Back the next day. How many other nudes did they remove? None. Terrible example.

      • Imperialist says:

        Hilariously, modern textbooks show such statues and painted art with various forms of nudity. So i dont understand…why.
        While common decency is a good thing, it really only extends to real people themselves…to extend it to art is idiotic. We would have to cover up over half the great works of yesteryear.

  3. cakeisalie says:

    Wow, Ubisoft literally have no balls.

  4. Vilos Cohaagen says:

    that is truly pathetic

  5. Creeping Death says:

    Finally! Now can someone PLEASE censor that smut in textbooks? Otherwise my kids might grow up well adjusted or something…

  6. trollomat says:

    Seriously, I had to check the date after reading this.

  7. Someoldguy says:

    It’s disappointing but I suspect you greatly underestimate the strength of the Christian Right in the USA if you assume only a handful would complain. It could easily become a major issue if schools wanted to use the software, so Ubisoft are probably right to nip this issue in the bud (fnar) even if it is a lame thing to do.

    It’s a sign of the times in which we live.
    link to theguardian.com

    • Ghostwise says:

      Yes, there usually is little choice if you want to publish something that’s accessible to US children. This is typical of the hurdles you have to jump.

      I’ve had to cover far tamer naughty bits for US-based advertisers not to run away from the material out of fear of Christian backlash.

    • Turkey says:

      Pretty weird considering how they depict Christ with his nips exposed all the time.

    • batraz says:

      I’d rather bet on middle-east, but christians can be stupid too, of course.

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    *groan* Americans and their debilitating fear of nipples… meanwhile gross horrifying violence is totally OK.

    This is aggressively stupid and disappointing for what is clearly meant to be educational software. If you can’t handle what these statues actually look(ed) like, you can’t handle history and should go do something else more suited to your delicate sensibilities. I really hope they eventually release a version outside the US without this embarrassing censoring of the mildest of nudity.

  9. ziffel says:

    Boobs = evil!

    Stabbing people in the face = meh, no problem.

    ‘murica logic.

    • Shadow says:

      Don’t forget the undying will to keep assault rifles freely available, which routinely enables troubled children to kill more fellow Americans than any jihadist ever.

      • wackazoa says:

        Now in fairness to the jihadist… (I am American by the by.) almost 4000 people lost their lives in the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks. I have not done the math on the amount of people who have died due to children/teenagers shooting other children/teenagers in school violence, but the jihadist aren’t probably lagging behind so terribly bad. Give them some credit where it is due man! ;p

        *I apologize in advance if my poor attempt at gallows humor rubs the wrong way. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying you know…..

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          Ninja Dodo says:

          I don’t have the statistics here but I’m pretty sure more people die from gun violence in the US than do from terrorism. It’s basically a death cult, knowingly and willingly sacrificing thousands of innocent lives so you can continue worshipping guns.

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            Matchstick says:

            According to CDC stats there were 11,008 “Firearm homicides” in the US during 2014 (this looks to be the most recent data set the CDC has published)
            link to cdc.gov

          • lglethal says:

            This is a quote from the late great comedian Bill Hicks from back in ~1990. It is unbelievable to me that it still seems so relevant today:

            “Did you know in England no one has guns. Not even the cops! And guess what, in England, where no one has guns: they had 14 deaths from guns. Here in the United States, where I think you know how we feel about guns – whoo! I’m gettin’ a stiffy just saying the word! 23,000 deaths from handguns. But there’s no connection, and you’d be a fool and a communist to make one. There’s no connection between having a gun and shooting someone with it, and not having a gun and not shooting someone…OK, though admittedly last year in England they had 23,000 deaths per soccer game.”

          • wackazoa says:

            I have not done the math on the amount of people who have died due to children/teenagers shooting other children/teenagers in school violence,

            This was my sentence and is what I was specifically referring to. I am not defending the gun rights. I am absolutely for banning assault weapons, for that matter I want ALL semi automatic weapons gone from everyone.

            Shadow had said this “which routinely enables troubled children to kill more fellow Americans than any jihadist ever.” And I was making a joke based on that.

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            Ninja Dodo says:

            Sorry, by “you” I meant your country in general, not you specifically.

          • Mezelf says:

            150,000 gun deaths since December 2012. I’ve heard recent estimates of up to 180,000. It does include suicides, but I think for good reason. Suicide by gun is often the most fatal and irreversible of all methods.

            link to stophandgunviolence.org

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            Ninja Dodo says:

            Since we’re here, on the topic of guns and religion: link to nybooks.com

        • Aetylus says:

          If you are American you REALLY want to know about gun death statistics.
          – You chaps have about 8000-9000 firearm homicides per year.
          – 9/11 killed 2996 people. (But 19 were terrorists, so lets only count 2977. That means you’ve had about 45 (forty five!) 9/11’s worth of gun murders since 9/11.
          – worst six years of Vietnam averaged about 8000-9000 Americans die per year. And the bad years of Vietnam only lasted those six years (other years had a couple hundred US casualties per year). Its basically like continuous self inflicted Vietnam you’ve got going on.
          – P.S. Hope you chaps fix it.

          • Ragnar says:

            Yeah… I’m not going to get my hopes up. The US has had 18 mass shooting so far this year, 346 mass shooting last year, and yet after each and every mass shooting the politicians say “This is not the time to be talking about gun control.”

            It looks like the NRA has them firmly by the seashells.

      • batraz says:

        You obviously don’t live in Paris to take it so lightly ; djihadis are not boogie men made up by the far right, my friend.

  10. Shadow says:

    How embarrassingly regressive.

  11. Sinester says:

    maybe we should think about putting some shells on the real statues – for educational purposes

    • Harlaw says:

      Don’t give ’em ideas, please.

    • M0dusPwnens says:

      I did my undergrad at what is commonly considered one of the most liberal universities in the US. The residential areas were split into “colleges”, and my freshman year I lived in what was historically the most out-there, liberal college.

      On one of the exterior walls of the residential buildings (the university is not near anything and you can’t see the statue from the campus roads, much less the city proper), there is a sculpture of a stylized, nude man climbing the building with a rope.

      The college/university, the most liberal part of one of the most liberal universities, has, several times, as an official act, not a prank, put lycra bike shorts on the statue (students took them off like sensible people). They talked about removing the sculpture, which is a pretty iconic part of the college, several times. There are rumors that the statue is one of the reasons that residential college lost its primary endowment.

      • jroger says:

        For comparison, this sculpture is adorning a newspaper building in Berlin: link to upload.wikimedia.org (It’s a satirical take on the former editor in chief of Germany’s largest yellow press paper.)

  12. The Regulator Guy says:

    “Gentlemen, the screwballs have spoken.”

  13. Zombiwan Kenobi says:

    No breaking news though, Facebook already censored Art.

  14. minty says:

    Not an expert in this area but how valid is a digital tour of an era and its culture for “educational purposes” when it has glaring inaccuracy’s and is censored to more closely align with modern sensibility’s?

    Now if you will excuse me i must go find a larger desk to repeatedly slam my face into, my current one seems insufficient for the task at hand.

  15. zgtc says:

    On one hand, literally covering up famous statues is nonsensical and goes against their goal.

    On the other, the presence of even historically relevant, artistic nudity means a lot of teachers throughout the US wouldn’t even have the option to consider this, let alone show it enough to get parental complaints.

    If they’re honestly trying to push this as an educational product for use in schools, I suppose I understand their reasoning? Still seems like it’d have been easier to remove the statues, or even just dodge the game camera a bit to the side for those scenes that have this issue.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      The problem here is that the Discovery Tour is basically the entirety of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, minus the story and combat parts, and with 75 guided tours in place of missions. When you’re not doing the history lesson stuff, you’re completely free to wander and do as you please.

      No careful camera-work possible there. And without the statues there, what are you going to climb on?

  16. kobadow says:

    The neo-puritan battlebus rumbles on I see. Taking many forms, from a celebration of the hijab whilst those that are forced to wear it are tortured and murdered for taking it off, to censoring the art of antiquity, there is a common theme; we must embrace the right to be offended above all else.

  17. Slow Dog says:

    Assuming the depiction of ancient Egypt is accurate, there will be statues upon which the penis is not at all flaccid. Does the shell perch on the end?

    • Frog says:

      Why all these silly negative comments. The company released a G rated version of the game, suitable for small kids per our ratings system. Just like Little Mermaid or what not. What do you all expect?
      I agree, that more realistic, museum style, statues would have been better, more consistent. But, oh well. I’m happy to see a discovery mode anyhow. Spend some time with my grandkids walking around.

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        Listen, I love that Discovery Tour is a thing and I applaud everything else about it, but this censorship should be *optional*… Tie it to parental controls if you must, but forcing Americans’ ridiculous censorship on an international public is stupid and offensive and worth criticizing.

        • Someoldguy says:

          Hopefully in days to come a patch will become available to unmask the unmentionables. Similar to the way Carmageddon had to produce green-blooded zombie pedestrians in the EU to meet German censorship standards then allowed a simple patch to circulate to turn them back into red-blooded peds.

      • Sarfrin says:

        Small children are allowed in museums. At least they are outside the US.

        • Ragnar says:

          Children are allowed in museums here in the US too.

          They just have to bring a gun with them in case they encounter any “pornography” and need to protect themselves.

      • Slow Dog says:

        Did I make a negative comment? I thought I’d asked a serious question. The Egyptian God Min is always depicted with an erect penis, but his statues have all been defaced (deboned?) sometime before the present day. The last documentary I saw blamed Victorian prudishness, but it’s been a couple of thousand years, so who knows? But they’d be intact in period of the game. Does Min appear in the original (Pegi 18) version, if not the tour?

      • aldo_14 says:

        I’m never sure how it’s considered healthier for kids to not have an idea what the human anatomy looks like. Do the same people blindfold their babies when they breastfeed?

        • doglikesparky says:

          Allowing infant children to suck upon your nipples is effectively sexual abuse. I always call the relevant authorities whenever I see it happening.

    • welverin says:

      It’s not ‘ancient’ Egypt, it’s Egypt during the time of Cleopatra and Caesar, so the majority, if not all, of the statues are actually of Greek origin.

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        1) Ptolemaic Egypt is still ancient. 2) There are still plenty of Egyptian statues outside Greek settlements.

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    Oakreef says:

    Covering up the statues is a bit silly but the history tour thing looks wonderful. This is the first time I’ve been interested in an Assassin’s Creed game since I played the first one.

  19. Thankmar says:

    Maybe I’m missing sth, but this is a private entertainment company which tries to cram their product into the educational system, right? This is not Minecraft, which systems can be altered at a whim and such be used in certain educational ways, this is a maybe or not accurate rebuild of some well known and documented art, as seen through the lens of an, again, private entertainment company. Why would anyone want to use that, censored or not? As said, maybe I’m missing sth, but this bothers me to no end.

    • Thankmar says:

      “Who made this finely crafted Statue?”
      “Assassins Creed?”
      “Partial partial credit!”

      You knew this was coming

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      Because it’s a meticulously researched and stunningly realized recreation of Ancient Egypt that no one else can compete with on that level, which brings history to life in a way that textbooks, lectures and static illustrations cannot. Any mistakes or artistic license (such as the compressed scale) can easily be discussed and framed appropriately.

      • Sandepande says:

        Yeah. The environments look excessively nice (oh, the water is such a thing of beauty in that game), and I’ll take Ubisoft’s guess being as good as any.

      • Thankmar says:

        Why should I take the word of a private entertainment company that they researched meticulously seriously? They have no reason and no incentive to do that. They maybe have to balance the creation of the atmosphere of a certain historic setting, which does not need to be accurate at all (see all 50s/60s historical Hollywood epics) and the demands of those who know their history and are put off of gross inaccuracies. But actual accuracy is just not needed. Why should I see their take on egypt as accurate at all?

        And to be clear: I think its great that Ubisoft is making this move. Its wonderful to have this world freely available for strolling. But I do not think this has actual educational merits. Not more like an egyptian Theme Park, or something like Epcot.

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          Ninja Dodo says:

          If you want to know where Ubisoft’s depiction of history succeeds and fails and why what they and others are doing is valuable beyond entertainment, watch History Respawned: link to youtube.com

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            Ninja Dodo says:

            Also this Dev’s Play with Ubisoft’s resident historian Maxime Durand and two people who have worked on archeological digs in Egypt: link to youtube.com

          • Thankmar says:

            Look, I don’t want to be acidic and pick a fight, and I came back here just to write that maybe I am thinking “educational” too narrow, in the way that of course a Theme Park can be somewhat educational in an entertaining way, and you already answered :).

            But I get queasy any time some PPP is regarded as something good, especially when it comes to shool education, and that fueled my comments.

            And thanks for the links, but since my point is that Ubisoft may have done their research, but have no obligation whatsoever to model their game environment according the outcome of their research beside the considerations I mentioned above, this links won’t make me reconsider.

  20. gabrielonuris says:

    Why is the human race still embarrassed of their own body?!

    • FFabian says:

      Oh not the human race in it’s entirety. Just those specimen living in the US and Iran. Funny if you think about it … the USA has a lot in common with it’s enemies.

    • morganjah says:

      In their defense, I think the human race is mostly just embarrassed by my body.

  21. Halk says:

    I don’t understand. Are kids not allowed to go to art museums on school trips?

    • Sandepande says:

      The common rumour is that in the US, nekkid statues are covered when kids come visit.

      However, I suspect that this isn’t entirely true, or else a random family wandering into a display room filled with tits would require a hefty amount of fast-response covering and uncovering. Or perhaps children are allowed in only on special days?

      • morganjah says:

        The people who take offense at this sort of thing don’t go to museums. So we all agreed to tell them that the statues naughty bits are all covered up. With seashells.
        They don’t know any different.

    • pepperfez says:

      Nudity in art is OK, but video games aren’t art.

  22. Babymech says:

    I’m saddened and a little annoyed that this is the only article with the ‘nudey statues’ tag.

  23. Fachewachewa says:

    I’m pretty sure they did that to keep their ESRB / PEGI ranking low enough.

  24. geldonyetich says:

    All will be forgiven if I can attack the shells and destroy them, revealing smaller shells underneath.

  25. AdamDenton says:

    Hey! You! Yes, you, Humankind! You’re doing it wrong. Pick it up and try again.

  26. Nauallis says:

    Not quite what you meant by “less to shell out for discovery mode,” eh? Haw Haw Haw. I’ll see myself out.

  27. Gwilym says:

    I dunno, this seems less about “protecting kids from nudity” than “protecting teachers from an entire classroom of sniggering while they’re trying to teach.”

    Doesn’t quite work of course since the seashells are hilarious

  28. jcrackhirn says:

    Wow, the anti Christian, anti America snobbery in the article and comments section is sad to read.

    The shells could just as easily be some bizarre feminist mandate. Maybe they are seen as objectification? Either way, until someone from inside Ubi can give a reason, I’ll refrain from labeling millions of people as prudish rubes for having a religious faith.

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      Entirely deserved based on the constant censoring of nudity in US media the second such material dares venture outside the walled garden of R-ratings. There’s no one else in the western videogame market who has a problem with this. Of course it’s for American ratings.

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        I should note in the interest of fairness that I am fully aware that many (perhaps even most?) in the US do not have a problem with these things. My issue is with your media and whoever it is they feel they need to pander to.

        And that being forced on the rest of the world.

    • John Walker says:

      It’s quite hilarious that this article never hints at Christianity, let alone mentions it, and the only allusion to America is to suggest the “three people” who’d complain to a senator.

      But for some reason you’ve entirely assumed at whom it’s directed! Whyever could that be?!

      • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

        Now, see, John – some people have a hard time to separate a person from their work, let alone article from the comments section.
        In order to avoid such confusion, there are two of the three things you could do: 1) ban or “spoiler”-tag by keywords any controversial comment; 2) put them into a different page, separate from the article; 3) Add a prefix to the comment section “commenters’ opinions do not represent RPS view of things”
        That will surely fix everything!

    • aldo_14 says:

      Yes, I’m absolutely sure it’s feminists, who are of course famous for this.

      Like how those hotbeds of feminine equality, the Vatican and Victorian Empire, loved and introduced the covering up of statues, or how the article-referenced Attorney General John Ashcroft covered up the semi-nude statues of Justice in the US Dept of Justice whilst being simultaneously famous as a womens rights crusader.

      Cough.

  29. KingFunk says:

    “What’s the ugliest part of your body? Some say your nose, some say your toes, I think it’s your mind…”

  30. KingFunk says:

    Also, where are all the KCD crew at? Doesn’t this situation call for some righteous anger…?

    • KingFunk says:

      To be fair, it is hard to know which side to take…

      Should we be upset about censorship? Should we be worried that art has been defaced? Should we be annoyed that the boobs have gone? Should we be thankful that the willies have gone? Should we savage John for daring to question the motives behind this move?

      I just don’t know where I am with games journalism anymore – I need to have a lie down…

  31. poliovaccine says:

    Ohhhh hey, I was curious how Ubisoft had planned to screw this up! Those jokers – always good for a gaffe..!

  32. Turkey says:

    The shells are obviously remnants from the great flood. Ubisoft is just following bible canon.

  33. Synesthesia says:

    That’s just… sad.

  34. Pharaoh Nanjulian says:

    I’m reminded of Flashman, who when surprised in flagrante delicto covers his face rather than his seashells in order to escape.

  35. welverin says:

    What did they do about the topless woman? Do they wear shells now, are they removed entirely, or were they left alone?

    Or, is the world unpopulated by NPCs?

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      I suspect they’re simply not included in the crowds in this version. I can’t decide if I’m more annoyed by this censorship business or by the twelve year olds who keep uploading screenshots of every topless woman they see in the regular game (which frequently show up on the in-game map) via photo-mode. Yes, congratulations, those are breasts.

      On second thought: definitely the censorship, cause you can hide those juvenile photos, but you can’t disable the shells in Tour mode.

    • Beery says:

      Topless women have been removed. Also, in a move that makes the word “ironic” seem like a vast understatement, they removed all the brothel murals – which were one of the most historically accurate things in the game.

  36. N'Al says:

    Assassins Creed Origins: Hassan Rouhani Edition

  37. iamjohnedwardc says:

    Ernesto Olivetti: Are you anti-Catholic, Professor Langdon?
    Robert Langdon: No. I am anti-vandalism.
    – Angels and Demons

  38. Banks says:

    This is so sad.

  39. Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

    I’m not against the idea of hiding depiction of private parts of adults from kids and their puritan teachers, but I’m 100% against the concept of banning something for EVERYONE just because SOMEONE might get upset/shocked.
    I think that’s one case, where releasing multiple editions of same title are completely justified (I’m talking to you, Ubisoft!) and nobody would mind had they released two standalone Discovery Tours: Normal and School edition or something.

    So, the conclusion is – publishers aren’t stupid and they did put it intentionally to create a buzz around the title.

  40. corinoco says:

    So let me get this right: this ban comes from a country where a teenager can own an assault rifle but the naked breast on a 2,000yr piece of history is THE SIGN OF FOUL SATAN!

    • welverin says:

      Ubisoft is French and the Assassin’s Creed games are (primarily) made in Canada, so no that’s not the case at all.

  41. RayEllis says:

    Clearly, Ubisoft understand how to use the three seashells…

    • welverin says:

      Wait, why did it take this long for someone to reference that?

      • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

        It’s a century-old throwaway joke most people here are either too young to know or too old to care about.

        • X_kot says:

          They’re also too young to remember the Franchise Wars; they’ll never know the joy of KFC.

  42. Captain Narol says:

    This is just abysmal of stupidity.

    Releasing this discovery tour was a great idea, but they just ruined it. Making the shells optional with parental control would have been too much work for those idiots, I guess ?

    • Beery says:

      The whole tour seems to have been a rush job. The narration and text are full of silly errors in English.

  43. ark_quintet says:

    I played through the regular game when it released, and would not have been able to tell if those statues had been in it back then. But when I saw those screenshot I first thought “come on RPS, put some effort in your mockups!”
    This is ridiculous. Why couldn’t they just make it optional?

  44. NelsonMinar says:

    Oddly, while they censored the 3d models of sculptures they did not censor the photographs of sculptures that are presented when you press the button to learn more. So you see a seashell in the game and then a little marble penis and testicles in the photo that pops up. Shocking; perhaps I will write my local pastor.

  45. upupup says:

    Amusingly predictable.

  46. Ragnar says:

    The State of Florida legislature recently voted 2:1 to kill a bill proposing a ban on assault rifles, but they did declare pornography a public health risk.

    Ubisoft are clearly trying to prevent their educational game from being labeled a public health risk before a bill is passed banning Ubisoft games. Because we have to protect our children!

  47. Beery says:

    If Ubisoft are so worried about corrupting young minds, maybe they should focus less on the nudity of statues and more on erasing silly factual errors in their tours. One of the tour segments states that Ptolemy I assumed the title Pharaoh in January 304 BCE, “on the anniversary of Alexander’s death”. Since Alexander died on 10/11 June 323, I’m wondering how any date in January can be said to be an anniversary of an event that took place in June.

    • Beery says:

      Also, Ptolemy became Pharaoh in 305BCE, not 304BCE as the tour states.

      Interestingly, Ubisoft also removed all the topless characters from this part of the game, and they’ve removed all the historically accurate sexual murals in the brothels. Thanks, Ubisoft, for turning what could have been an educational look at ancient Egypt into a shameful example of early 21st Century censorship and prudery.

      Here’s a tip, Ubisoft – if you want to present a useful historical tool, don’t censor history, and at least get the facts right.