Assassin's Creed 2 almost had Aztec setting

Ex-art director claims sequel had Mayan past

Assassin's Creed 2 was nearly set in Mayan-era Aztec, according to an ex-Ubisoft art director.

Speaking to CVG, ex-Ubisoft (and now Deus Ex) art director - and exposer of Ubisoft past - Jonathan Jacques-BelletÍte revealed that "the word" inside Montreal during development pointed towards Aztec as an early setting for AC2.

Fan artwork (Ubisoft Workshop)

"When I was still at Ubisoft the word was [Assassin's Creed II] was going to be set during the Mayan era," he revealed. "When I saw the first teaser later on I was like: 'argh.'"

When the sequel was eventually exposed as the excellent Renaissance thriller we know today, Jacques-BelletÍte explained, the setting clashed with his own Renaissance inspirations in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

"You can only take my word for it but we had no idea," he said. "We started Deus Ex way before Assassin's Creed 2 by the way.

"I remember when word first came out I called some people and was like: 'Wasn't it supposed to be f**king Aztecs?'"

In a similar chat with Xbox World 360 (published on CVG) the Eidos Montreal man discussed his work on a canned Assassin's Creed game for PS2 and Xbox, which he said was "amazing"

For more on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, check out the recent TGS trailer, as well as our preview. It's looking fantastic.