Ever thought of playing a game whilst in a vertical wind tunnel? Ubisoft have.
As a promotional stunt for the upcoming extreme winter sports title STEEP, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards became the first person to successfully play a videogame whist in a vertical wind tunnel with 90mph winds keeping him afloat.
Competing against two pro skydivers, Eddie finished in the medal positions whilst playing a wingsuit race on Mont Blanc.
Eddie previously achieved hero status in the late eighties, when he became a British ski jumping world record holder and Britain’s first representative in the Olympic sport since 1929.
When asked about taking on the STEEP challenge, Eddie said:
I couldn’t wait to give it go. I love a challenge but this was unlike anything that I’d ever tried before. As soon as I started playing, I was determined to glide past that finishing line.
Tom Goldberger, Senior PR Manager at Ubisoft, said:
When we first developed the concept of playing a videogame in a wind tunnel, we instantly knew that there was only one person that we could call to take on the STEEP challenge. Along with being a British icon and an absolute gent, Eddie stunned us all by not only mastering the challenge, but landing himself in the medals table too.
We have to admit, this is a pretty cool stunt and achievement, and whilst we won’t be trying anything quite as daring when we finally get our hand on STEEP, we are looking forward to the opportunity to ski, wingsuit, snowboard and paraglide in the game’s open world.