Thanks to a fan-made video, Assassin’s Creed fans can listen to original voice actor Roger Craig Smith reprise his role as Italian Renaissance assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze in AC Chronicles: China.
The veteran voiceover artist appeared as protagonist Ezio in Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations, but revealed back in April that he was not asked to reprise the role for the character’s appearance in 2.5D spinoff title Chronicles: China – leaving many hardcore fans of the franchise disappointed.
By teaming up with YouTube user Loomer, however, fans can listen to Craig Smith briefly return as the character in the game’s tutorial mode, as he mentors current protagonist Shao Jun. In a statement, the actor said:
“These lines were recorded without the astute direction of Amanda Wyatt (my voice director on the AC games), as well as without the assistance of Ida Darvish and Peter Arpesella (my dialect coaches on the AC games) – all without whom the character of Ezio would not exist. If I’ve butchered the accent or botched the performance for these lines – that’s all on me! Many thanks to Ubisoft and to the fans for your support of this epic gaming franchise. Insieme per la Vittoria!”
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China was released back in April as the first in a three-part series, co-developed by Climax Games and Ubisoft Montreal. Its highly stylised 2.5D environments are based on traditional brush stroke paintings, and are a massive departure from the AC series as a whole. Episodes two and three, set in India and Russia, respectively, are due for release by the end of 2015.