What is This Assassin’s Creed III ARG Trying to Tell Us?

Assassin’s Creed III ARG

What is it trying to tell us?

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

Assassin’s Creed III is one of the most heavily anticipated titles of the year.

With the game being just over a week away, it seems like we’re at the end, right?


An ARG (Alternate Reality Game) has been launched, and Ubisoft wants us to decipher it.

Uncover the conspiracy…

It all began when the image to the right, entitled ‘Hacked History’, appeared as a result of completing a web game promoting AC3.

Desmond is in the rafters of a sporting venue, watching what appears to be either a boxing or wrestling match. A man’s face is on the screen, most likely one of the men duking it out.

Seems normal enough… right?

The only anomaly – and a well hidden one, at that – is located in the lower left corner of the fuzzy blue screen: a QR code.

A very kind user then took the image, made it blue in order to point out subtle numbers throughout the image, and made the QR code larger.

With the code now large enough to be scanned, I pulled out my iPhone and loaded up my QR scanner app. (Alternatively, you can get to the site here.)

I was led to a page entitled, once more, Hacked History, asking for me to input a password. My first thought based on the image was “Desmond,” which turned out to be correct.

Then, we have the current mystery: the following page. After inputting the password, you’re given a copy of the Declaration of Independence with the instructions “Decipher the Declaration.”

As you read this, avid fans are trying to decipher the “message” of the Declaration, and I can, in fact, confirm that the answer is NOT “Nicholas Cage” or “National Treasure”.

The Templars are behind this!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good ARG.

Not only is it the best type of fan service, but it allows the developer to have a load of fun with their community.

The question, though, is of what we will uncover. Typically, ARGs are used to unveil a game; Assassin’s Creed III is out in just over a week.

What do you think? Is there a secret Nicholas Cage mode?

We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

UPDATE 1: The numbers have been deciphered, and are as follows.

6384-4603 555-318-5914 4615-5278-1554-242-1675 1213-5818-6423 3248-1789-2246-2195-4439-2553- 216-2608 4910-5299-5468-1838 6056-4942-5361 2305-4276-3813-898-2704 362 1014-1887-2668 70-2671-2651 1491-4635-2129-1758 950-3849-3881 3265-1071 5811-4413-3245-4259-3314-2328- 6684-2704 723-5297 4350-5186-2284-5668-1191 6562-201

You’re taken to a page that says, “If the first civ couldn’t save the world, how the hell are we suppos ed to swing it”

Notice the space in “supposed.” What could be next?

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

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I'm an American from steamy Louisiana, one of the most electronically deprived areas of the United States. I've gamed since I was four years old as a result, and plan to do it onto my deathbed. I discovered I could write in June of 2010 when I started a little site called Fans of The Genre with a few friends, and that eventually collapsed three months after due to social lives kicking in. No less than two weeks after that I discovered OXCGN via the community gamer gab competition, and become a staff member shortly after. In February of 2011 I was welcomed to the Editorial staff, then in March of 2012 I was promoted to co-owner... and here I am!

3 thoughts on “What is This Assassin’s Creed III ARG Trying to Tell Us?”

  1. Knowing latin and reading the quote at the “end” of the game, I picked up that Suppos in latin means head downwards and ed means edition…. not really sure if this actually means something for this ARG or if it’s just a coincidence.


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