Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and helmed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) is one of next year’s most anticipated movies, but in the realm of Ubisoft’s popular and acclaimed video games series, the ninth proper sequel has just been released. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is set in Victorian-era London and centers on twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye, who interact with historical and original characters against the background of the sooty, early Industrial Era and will feature DLC content which includes Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens character models.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate utilizes the core concept of the overall series — namely, the heightened senses of deadly assassins — but adds a clue-gathering, mystery-solving element to the mix (shades of Batman: Arkham Knight), as Jacob and Evie Frye become avatars for their modern-day counterparts to get to the bottom of a series of gruesome murders.
On a pure escapism level, the gadgets of the series have proven to be some of the most memorable of any modern game franchise. Chief among these is the hidden retractable blade which is awarded to any assassin, but also a wrist attachment which launches a rope and hook, allowing the character to rappel up the side of a variety of structures. Now, thanks to enterprising “garage inventor and video maker” Colin Furze, these assassin’s tools now have real-life counterparts.
In the video above, Furze shows off his homemade versions of the hidden blade and rope launcher. The launcher in particular is cleverly realized through the use of hidden CO2 cartridges and seems to actually work, although Furze is not able to nimbly scuttle up the sides of walls, as in the games. The hidden blade, on the other hand, is almost a dead ringer for the one in the game. Furze, who has invented many other wild, real-life versions of imaginary gadgets — including retractable Wolverine claws and other “DIY X-Men” devices — has delayed posting the “making-of” video for the hidden blade.
The hidden blade and rope launcher video was made with cooperation from Ubisoft and offers a neat bit of marketing to coincide with the release of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. They may not have much practical application in the real world — aside from guaranteeing that any handy fans who replicate them will be kicked out of conventions (and maybe grounded) — but are definitely fun. We’ll have to wait for Michael Fassbender’s turn in the Assassin’s Creed movie to find out just how well these deadly devices play out in a live action rendering.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be available to purchase from all participating retailers in the U.S. on October 23rd, 2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Colin Furze