There is no debating that Ubisoft are going all out to provide the best Assassin’s Creed experience possible with Origins. But today they have unveiled something a bit special – a one of a kind machine-crafted Sarcophagus, complete with an Xbox One!
Inspired by the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun, the worlds first full sized replica Sarcophagus has been 3D printed and crafted from wood as the launch of Origins fast approaches. But not content with just doing that, Ubi have also dropped in a TV screen and Xbox One console in order to transform the unit into the perfect 21st century gaming cabinet, complete with an integrated holder to place the Xbox One controller on.
Using data-mapping imagery from Assassin’s Creed Origins, an image of the sarcophagus was generated by a team of 3D printing consultants at Hobs Studio, London, before the main body was then machined from wood, using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology.
The finer details of the 6ft sarcophagus were then created using a printing process called Stereolithography (SLA). The SLA technique uses a high-powered UV laser to “cure” liquid resin into a solid plastic, building the individual parts up layer by layer. Once complete, these parts were bonded with the main wooden body of the Sarcophagus figure. A dedicated artist was then commissioned to bring to life the detailed finesse of one of the most recognisable Ancient Egyptian relics, sitting alongside the ‘modern day’ hieroglyphics of Ubisoft, Xbox One and Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Bringing to life the iconic artefact, Ubisoft has aligned the old with the new, showcasing how this seminal antiquity could be made today. It also reflects the journey the development team haven taken in bringing the world of Ancient Egypt to life in the game, utilising the latest hardware technology.
Bryan Mulholland, Technical Consultant at Hobs Studio said: “This has been an extremely exciting project to be involved in. The process of bringing together a multitude of different technologies is no mean feat, but we worked closely with Ubisoft to ensure that every part of the process told a story and merged the old with the new to create something magnificent.”
Tom Goldberger, Senior PR Manager at Ubisoft UK said: “As a publisher at the heart of the latest technological advancements in the videogames industry, we really wanted to showcase another innovative technology, alongside one of the most powerful images associated with Ancient Egypt – our new in-game setting in Assassin’s Creed Origins. The final result is a stunning replica of a Sarcophagus, while adding a fun, gaming twist to the famous design.”
Assassin’s Creed Origins is set in Ancient Egypt at the time of Cleopatra, opening up a brand new vision where players level up, loot, and choose their abilities to customise their very own skilled Assassin, all as they discover the origins of the Assassin’s Creed itself. Origins also comes with a completely new combat system, allowing you to attack and defend multiple enemies at once, fighting against dangerous factions and wild beasts as the exploration of a gigantic and unpredictable land unfolds.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will hit Xbox One, PS4 and PC come October 27th, 2017. Those going down the Xbox One X route will find the game available at launch on November 7th, 2017.