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If a fan is dissatisfied with an element of a video game, they only usually have a few avenues of recourse. They could cross their fingers for a patch or mod that fixes the issue, they could simply try to ignore the irritating feature, or they could just moan about it over and over again in Internet comment sections.

However, none of these options were good enough for super Assassin's Creed fan, Loomer. When Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China was released last month, Loomer was extremely disappointed to discover that the legendary character of Ezio had a new voice actor. What was even more disappointing was the fact that Ezio didn't sound anything like he was supposed to. Faced with this, Loomer devised a fairly revolutionary fix: Contact the original voice actor, Roger Craig Smith, and ask him to completely re-voice Ezio's lines.

This is what he proceeded to do, and he even got UbiSoft's blessing in the ambitious endeavor. Loomer had previously interviewed Smith and used the contact details to ask for his involvement on the project. Smith, it seems, was only too happy to jump back into Ezio's shoes. Check out Loomer's "fixed" version of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China below:

So how did Loomer pull this off? Well, he explained to Kotaku:

I was originally just very stunned and saddened that Roger was replaced for Ezio’s first real appearance in four years, and doubly so that the replacement was so terrible. I held out some small hope that Ubisoft would patch Roger’s voice in but it soon became clear that that wasn’t happening. I basically put together a list and video compilation of all of Ezio’s lines in AC: Chronicles China (about 33 lines total) and sent it to Roger. He then recorded his take on the lines (I assume from his home studio) and emailed me the sound files. We did a couple retakes on some of the lines (Ubisoft has changed how Shao Jun’s name is pronounced over the years) but other than that, that was pretty much it.

Loomer even managed to create a canonical reason for the change of Ezio's voice. If you notice at the beginning of the video, the voice of the replacement actor is still present, it is then that we hear a mysterious message from Erudito claiming "see what they have left out." This, of course, references Erudito, a hacker who reveals the truth behind cut scenes in Assassin's Creed: Liberation. Therefore, Ezio's incorrect voice at the beginning of the clip is actually a result of Abstergo failing to accurately replicate the past in the Animus. Loomer explains:

I threw in the Erudito aspect (which Ubisoft used in AC: Liberation to show you the “real” version of cutscenes) because I love the idea that this crappy fake Ezio voice is canon, it’s just Abstergo messing things up. After all, we know from Assassin-controlled Animi how Ezio’s voice really sounded. ;)

The Assassin's Creed Chronicles is a series of games which are currently being developed by a third party game developer, Climax Studios, which might explain why Smith did not voice Ezio. Having said it, it's now demonstrably clear he would have been up for returning to the role... suggesting he wasn't even asked in the first place.

Source: Kotaku


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