Pivots were a series of virus-generated code segments found within the Animus, which were mainly used to hack into the virtual machine's core programming, allowing a user to upload their own Animus sessions of Ratonhnhaké:ton's genetic memories, as well as uploading them to the Abstergo Cloud.
In late 2012, an Abstergo Industries engineer used a worm virus to hack the Animus 3.0, allowing for the upload of Desmond Miles' genetic memories to Abstergo servers. However, the virus failed, resulting in two pivots located in the already rendered city of Boston. The user then had to locate the other ten pivots by triangulating their coordinates, through using the collected pivots to pinpoint the locations of remaining ones.
After collecting all twelve pivots, Desmond's genetic memories were successfully uploaded to the Cloud, allowing multiple Abstergo employees to access them, specifically the memories of Edward Kenway during the Golden Age of Piracy.
- The achievement "Head in the Cloud" could be earned by collecting all pivots.
- Each time a user collected a pivot, a new cheat would unlock within the Animus.
- The pivots' names were all letters from the Greek alphabet.
- The origami unicorn is a reference to the film Blade Runner.