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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate eagle-vision video

Assassins-Creed-SyndicateToday, Ubisoft® announced one of the most ambitious filming projects ever to hit London’s skyline, in celebration of the upcoming launch of Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate. The latest installment in the global video game franchise is available to own from October 23rd.

For the first time, a Bald Eagle was flown over London, launched from some of the most iconic and tallest buildings in Europe with a 4K camera (four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD) attached to its back, offering stunning, never before seen footage of the UK’s capital city from an Eagle’s eye.

This project was undertaken to showcase a feature in Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate, where players can use ‘Eagle Vision’; a tool enabling players to have an Eagle-Eyed perspective and vision to locate enemies and key features at distance. The game, set in Victorian London during the industrial revolution, has taken over two years to develop by the global video games publisher, Ubisoft, who have painstakingly recreated 1868 London in stunning detail.

For the Eagle flights, launch points used included; the Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street) 35th floor Sky Garden (492 feet above ground level) and Sushi Samba at The Heron Tower (792 feet). Other landmark launch points included Trafalgar Square, City Hall and The Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

 Eagle Cam - Trafalgar Square

“The ambition of this project was huge and it was months in planning to make sure we could achieve the stunning content that we set out to capture,”

said Tom Goldberger, Senior PR Manager at Ubisoft.

“We worked with a fantastic production team, vastly experienced eagle handler and highly trained eagle to ensure the project was a huge success. We’re delighted to have finally been able to bring to life one of the most iconic features in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.”

 

Falconry Expert, Chris O’Donnell, along with his 29 year old Bald Eagle, Sidney, were recruited to make the filming concept a reality;

“An Eagle has never been flown to this extent in an urban environment, so this was a very exciting project to be involved in. Sidney is a Bald Eagle who is used to large crowds of people and was highly adaptable to a busy city environment. We developed a bespoke harness and fitting for the camera and spent months testing it for comfort and stability. We had good flying conditions, incredible launch points and the footage we captured was utterly remarkable.”

Eagle Cam - Tower Bridge

 The full video can be found here : http://www.eaglevisionlondon.com/video

Deadpool @ MCM London Comic Con

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Visitors to MCM London Comic Con on 24-26 May will get an exclusive worldwide first to play of Deadpool, Activision’s exciting new actioner starring Marvel Comics‘ iconic anti-hero. The publisher says that show attendees will have the chance to get hands-on with two levels from the upcoming game, which will be released on Xbox 360 (and other none important platforms) on 28 June.

As if getting a worldwide exclusive first play isn’t enough, visitors will also be able to take part in a range of special Deadpool activities across the weekend:

  • Everyone who plays the game will get a free and exclusive Deadpool poster with artwork that has been especially created for MCM London Comic Con by a Marvel artist.
  • Everyone who pre-orders Deadpool from GAME at the Activision stand will walk away with an exclusive Deadpool T-shirt (while stocks last).
  • At 2pm on the Saturday of the show, Activision will be giving away 1,000 awesome Deadpool masks – don your epic new headgear and do some Deadpooling!
  • Get your picture taken against the Deadpool photo wall emblazoned with an image of the iconic marvel character, tweet it with the hashtag #DeadpoolGame and on each day of the show Activision will pick one lucky tweeter who will win a copy of the game (to be sent to them when it releases).

I will be heading to our beautiful capital city this Saturday (25th May) to attend and report back exclusively for ThisisXbox. Make sure you are following me on Twitter (@KrisWB) for live pictures and updates throughout the day. I’ll also be meeting the @Razer team to get some hands on time with their new Atrox Arcade Controller for Xbox 360 as seen below:

Keep your eyes open for my full report on Sunday!

X360A & PS3T announce the first of their Games Stage line-ups for this month’s MCM London Comic Con

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Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and voice actors Mark Meer (Commander Shepard) and Camilla Luddington (Lara Croft) are to headline the Games Stage at the MCM London Comic Con later this month, stage organisers Xbox360Achievements.org (X360A) and PS3Trophies.org (PS3T) have announced.

Held on 24-26 May at ExCel London, the MCM London Comic Con – Europe’s equivalent to the San Diego Comic Con – last year welcomed over 70,000 visitors through its doors, with the Games Stage live stream reaching an additional 40,000 people.

“We’re very excited to welcome Ubisoft back to the Games Stage again this year after last year’s successful Assassin’s Creed III demos,” said Dan Webb, Editor-in-Chief of X360A and PS3T. “We’ve got some cool stuff lined up with Splinter Cell Blacklist and we’re excited to give fans a chance to see the game before its August release.”

Mark Meer, who rose to fame with his performance as Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy, and Camilla Luddington (True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy), who plays iconic heroine Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider, will also join X360A and PS3T on stage for some fun and games at the show.

“Mark has essentially become a household name in video game circles since his stunning performance as Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy, while Camilla did a stunning job with Lara in the new reboot,” commented Webb. “It’s a privilege and an honour to welcome them both onto our stage at the end of the month. At least now, we might be able to find out which store really was Shepard’s favourite on the Citadel!”

X360A and PS3T will also welcome Capcom back onto the Games Stage, with Capcom Producer Mat Hart on hand show to off their latest IP, Remember Me.

That’s not all though; Lost Planet 3 and Resident Evil: Revelations will also make an appearance, as will Metro: Last Light, with 4A Games’ Huw Beynon taking to the stage to show off the game and answer audience questions. Look out for more exciting announcements in the coming weeks!

Tickets for MCM London Comic Con are available at: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/tickets

Defiance Revealed as the Lead Sponsor for SCI-FI-LONDON 2013

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Trion Worlds’ groundbreaking sci-fi video game Defiance has been unveiled as the lead sponsor for this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival, the UK’s leading Science Fiction experience.

Now in its twelfth year, the UK’s leading science fiction and fantastic film festival, SCI-FI-LONDON, will host film screenings, special events, workshops and celebrations across the capital. In the current economic climate, SCI-FI-LONDON makes no apologies for its defiantly carnival attitude.  We are the home of fantastic film!

The SCI-FI-LONDON festival runs Tuesday 30 April – Monday 6 May, 2013.

Full details will be available soon on the Sci-Fi-London website.

Due to be released on 2nd April 2013, the highly anticipated Defiance is a true genre revolution – a multiplatform online shooter that will interconnect with an upcoming Syfy Network television series set in the same universe.

London Olympics 2012 Review

With the massive push in the UK for everyone to go stir crazy for the Olympics arriving on our doorstep, London Olympics 2012 got the benefit of the doubt when it was booted up on my Xbox. Sadly slick presentation, a thunderous soundtrack and a variety of events cannot hide the fact that, as seen in almost every other Olympics game there has been to date, it is still a very shallow button basher with little to no skill or finesse required. Continue reading London Olympics 2012 Review

Spider-Man Swings Into London To Celebrate Game Launch

To celebrate today’s launch of The Amazing Spider-Man video game; Spider-Man has arrived in London and has been seen web-slinging his way around town. Spidey was spotted taking in the busy tourist sites early this morning, including Big Ben and St Pauls, mingling with commuters on Westminster Bridge and making calls from a London phone box! Continue reading Spider-Man Swings Into London To Celebrate Game Launch