Assassin's Creed Has The Worst Scottish Accent I've Ever Heard

Braveheart, you have some competition. I've been playing my way through Assassin's Creed Rogue on PC, and for the most part have been loving it! I was stopped dead in my tracks by this performance, though, which is wrong on multiple levels.

First, the obvious: that's terrible. I've got Scottish family, friends and an unnatural obsession with Neil Oliver (it's his magnificent hair). I've spent time in Scotland. I watch a lot of British TV. I like to think I know what a good Scottish accent sounds like.

That sounds like the accent of a Grand Theft Auto IV villain.

Just to be sure, though, I played this video to Kotaku's resident Actual Scottish Human Mark Serrels, and all he could say was "WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?"

So, not a very good Scottish accent, then.

The second problem, though, is a weird one for Ubisoft, a studio that's normally pretty good with its historical stuff: the man in question wasn't even Scottish.

That's supposed to be Rogue's version of Captain James Cook, navigator and explorer, most famous for being the first white guy to stumble upon Hawaii and the Eastern (i.e. the habitable) side of Australia. James Cook had a Scottish father, but his mother was English, he was born in England and raised in England.

Bizarrely, another of the game's main characters, George Munro, has the opposite problem. A British army officer who was Scottish but raised in Ireland (and made kinda famous through his depiction in Last of the Mohicans), Munro is given a toff English accent in the game.

Here's one last thing though: this is kinda funny. I like to think it's almost intentional, a joke on the part of a development team that's very French-Canadian; English-speakers wouldn't recognise or care about the difference between French French and Belgian French, so why should they bother about English?


Comments

    ...the Eastern (i.e. the habitable) side of Australia.
    Much burn. Love it.

    Here’s one last thing though: this is kinda funny. I like to think it’s almost intentional, a joke on the part of a development team that’s very French-Canadian; English-speakers wouldn’t recognise or care about the difference between French French and Belgian French, so why should they bother about English?

    It very well could be. I'm sure most people probably don't bother to read the codex entries, but AC4 had a LOT of amusing banter between the [edit: in-game] developers and designers about the details in AC4 which didn't quite fit, talking about where they've sacrificed historical accuracy for something that was just 'cooler', and one of the suits actually floated the idea of recording over Kenway's voice with something more palatable to the ears of their intended American audience.

    So using terrible, terrible, terrible actors with horrible accents is very in-line with the in-game lore AND the fucking awful behaviour of Hollywood on the matter.

    Last edited 18/03/15 12:40 pm

    I didn't even realise it was meant to be Scottish, it was that bad. I thought they were murdering the Yorkshire accent, where he was from.

    Relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpBYnL5fAXE (Adam Hills)

      Middlesbrough don't want to be in God's county Yorkshire ;)

    Judging by the content of this article, a book could be written on the same subject for Unity.

    I played this video to Kotaku’s resident Actual Scottish Human Mark Serrels, and all he could say was "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOb4xxGIkeA"

    Whaaaaat... Colonel Munro from Last of the Mohicans was a readl person?

    the Eastern (i.e. the habitable) side of Australia.
    It's funny because it's true.

    Shay is Irish sorry to burst your bubble.

    He is from Dublin.

    Just to be sure, though, I played this video to Kotaku’s resident Actual Scottish Human Mark Serrels, and all he could say was “WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?”

    Yer it may well be a terrible scottish accent but i had the exact same reaction to the 'aussie' accents in dead island.

    Oh, So no Mark Serrels comparison video then? Come on Luke! :P

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now