The bladed lady

Ubisoft has released a mass of early concept art for the Assassin’s Creed series. The images – which date back to the title’s origins back in 2004 – show a number of twists on the franchise's now established format.

One image, for example, shows a woman kitted out in similar robes to final protagonist Altair. Another image shows a boy on horseback, highlighting the series' origins as a Prince of Persia spin-off.

All of the artwork was drawn by Khai Nguyen back in 2004. It’s quite impressive how many of his original ideas were used in the final game. You can view the full set of images on Facebook.