During certain points of using the Abstergo Industries Animus 1.28, the user would experience occasional glitches, where representations of nucleotides would flash across the interface. These glitches signified opportunities for the user to change the camera view, amongst other purposes.
Whenever this occurred, Desmond Miles could shift the camera view from behind his ancestor, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, to a position looking directly at the subjects of the cutscene. Continuously interacting with the glitches during the scene would allow Desmond to cycle through all of the available camera views.
The glitches that occurred when Altaïr spoke to a dying assassination target were exceptional cases, however, wherein interacting would change the conditions of the scene, and not simply the camera angle. If a button was not pressed in time, the dying target spoke while being held in Altaïr's arms; whereas if it was, the camera focused only on the target, appearing uninjured and standing on their own as they talked.
- Similar glitches occurred whenever Altaïr was being chased by guards. If the chase camera button was pressed while these glitches occurred (L2 on PlayStation 3, RB on Xbox 360, or Left Shift on the PC), the camera moved back behind the pursuing guards, allowing Desmond to view both Altaïr and the guards pursuing him, in essence viewing the entire "chase."
- In some areas in Assassin's Creed II: Discovery, glitches may have flashed across the screen. Shaking the device during these moments would make an extra area appear, in which bonus artwork could be found.
- For the Xbox 360, the achievement "Hungerer of Knowledge" was rewarded for viewing 85% of the total glitches in cinematics throughout the game's storyline.