Ubisoft announces Assassin’s Creed VR experience to promote new film

If you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series of video games, you’re probably aware of the new film being released on December 14th of this year. This is one of many video game based titles that have been released this year, but it seems like there was a serious amount of funding that went in to this to make Assassin’s Creed a solid film even for those who have not played the games. Now, Ubisoft have teamed up with AMD, Alienware, and Oculus to develop a new virtual reality experience to promote the release of the new movie.

The experience puts the user in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition and into the body of the assassin from the film. The viewer is can see everything the assassin sees through his eyes, including the beautiful representation of 15th century Spain as well as many of the props from the movie.

The experience was first shown off at the recent 2016 game awards for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, and will roll out to movie theaters in Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, and San Francisco from December 2nd to January 1st.

It was apparently rendered and developed using AMD Radeon graphics cards which the company says was designed to “fuel photo-realistic VR content”. This doesn’t exactly mean much, but it was cool of AMD to lend the cards for the computation and special effects for the project.

The experience was filmed simultaneously while filming the movie in Malta and Burbank, and was likely driven around on a mobilized cart in the same path the actors will take in the film. 20th Century Fox, the studio producing the film, says they are thrilled that audiences will have the opportunity to experience the setting first hand before the film’s release, and we would have to agree.

If you want to experience this yourself, 6 different theaters will be showing off the experience starting at 2-3PM each day and ending between 9 and 10PM. Here is the list of participating theaters:

  • Century City 15 – Los Angeles, CA
  • Orange 30 – Orange, CA
  • Lincoln Square 13 – NYC
  • 34th Street 14 – NYC
  • Barton Creek 14 – Austin, TX
  • Metreon 16 – San Francisco, CA

Is this something you would be interested in experiencing? It seems like the company has put a lot of time and effort into creating a very immersive experience for the film, so it may be worth your while to check it out.

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