January 23, 2021

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The mysterious Isu language in Assassin’s Creed has been translated by fans

The mysterious Isu language in Assassin's Creed has been translated by fans
The secret Isu language found in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been deciphered by fans of the series. Access The Animus released a video on January 13th (As I mentioned before Eurogamer) It details the fascinating process behind translating the secret texts, which led them to decipher the codes found in the collector’s version of the game.

There are a number of tablets that you can find while playing as Eivor that display this language, and they can be referenced with partially translated files on Layla’s computer in the modern portion of the game to be fully decoded. Access the Animus used corresponding words, in-game translations, a complex understanding of grammar, and historical language formation to find out what was written.

Using in-game subtitles from Anthony Henry, Access the Animus was able to apply what they learned to the collector’s version of the game, which has Isu’s script on the packaging. So far they have found the words “Hidden Inside” on the soundtrack CD, and “This Lake” on the CD bed in the game box. They also arranged the collector’s edition art prints that revealed another Isu word, “Now.”

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s narration director, Darby McDevitt, praised the community on Twitter shortly after the video was released. She wrote to him: “Reaching Animus, I never doubted you. Isu’s language has been cracked.” The Access the Animus team stated at the end of the video that there are still many tablets and scripts to decode, with more secrets to reveal beyond their progress so far.

If you are not familiar with Assassin’s Creed lore, Isu or “those who came before” are the type of ancestral beings responsible for creating humans and powerful Eden pieces that appear throughout the franchise.

Here is our review of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which we recorded 8, noting its “huge and beautiful open world”.

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.