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* ActorSharedBackground: Edward Kenway wasn't originally intended to be Welsh, but then the developers heard voice actor Matt Ryan's native Welsh accent.
** Adéwalé states that he was born in Trinidad, a nod to Tristan D. Lalla's heritage.
* DevelopmentGag: Outside the Animus, entering Olivier's office has screens that display Abstergo's announcements and plans. One of the headlines notes that "conditions have not favored ninjas and cowboys", referencing Ubisoft's [[WhatCouldHaveBeen dismissal of the said historical settings]] despite fan nagging.
* FanNickname: The Abstergo Research Consultant has been nicknamed "R-L" by many.
* {{Fanon}}: RL's gender- due to several scenes [[spoiler:involving Juno]], it's common to assume RL is a woman.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Anne Bonny is [[Film/TheGuard Sinead]].
** Edward is John {{Series/Constantine}}.
* RealitySubtext: The MacGuffin in this game is, for all intents and purposes, [[PalantirPloy magical NSA]], with the Templars believing that it would help bring justice and order to the world. Which is ironic, since the PRISM scandal broke when this game was well into development.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** El Tiburon was apparently more prominent in early versions, with him and Edward having a one-sided HopelessBossFight even, as per [[WordOfGod Darby McDevitt]] which is what Edward refers to at the end in the game.
** According to [[WordOfGod Darby McDevitt]] Edward was originally going to end up [[spoiler: witnessing Mary Read and Anne Bonny fighting off the British Navy. In the final game, Edward witnesses their sentencing and their pleading their bellies and eventually Mary's death.]]
** The original ideas for DLC was to an AlternateUniverse "Devils of the Caribbean"(after the cheesy in-game trailer) that would feature the Pirate tropes the game makes fun of - bad accents, parrots, krakens - similar to the "Tyranny of King Washington" DLC. Likewise before doing an Adewale based "Freedom Cry", they considered making DLC for "James Kidd/Mary Read".
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