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Ubisoft Sent Us Pictures of an Eagle in London to Promote Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Here They Are



To promote Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft decided it wanted to recreate Eagle Vision in real life. It has done this by bringing a real eagle to London (where the game is set), strapped a 4K camera on it, and let it loose in the skies of England.

"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 publisher said in a press release.

Now, we know what you're thinking: Eagle Vision doesn't do that at all. You're right, it totally doesn't. It's a depiction of an assassin's acute awareness of his or her immediate surroundings, honed over years of training and passed on through genetics, not an eagle-assisted birds-eye view. We were thinking this too, and almost decided not to mention this whole thing on the website.

Then, out of curiosity, we decided to look at the pictures. To our surprise, they were literally just pictures of an eagle. Like, eagle looking left; eagle looking right; eagle looking down; eagle looking proud; eagle with a frown.

There's a couple of shots of the eagle in the sky over the city, but take it from a Londoner, it's all fairly boring. Having said that, the pictures of the eagle majestically posing for the camera are not to be missed. Oh and there's a picture of the eagle as it's about to collide with a seagull which is just incredible.

In the end, looking at the pictures makes me want to move to the United States more than play Syndicate, but I personally feel the whole endeavor was worth it for the eagle versus seagull picture alone.

Take a look at the full gallery below. And for those who actually want a bit of video game content, watch the video underneath the gallery to see some brand new in-game footage spliced in with real world eagle adventures. Together they provide a nice side-by-side comparison of how Syndicate's Victorian London compares to modern London, and the eagle flying around is pretty cool.

Gallery: Eagle's Day Out

Click image to view in full screen. Trust me, you need this in full screen.
Click image to view in full screen. Trust me, you need this in full screen.

The Assassin's Creed Syndicate release date is set for October 23 across PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version, meanwhile, will launch on November 19.

In other recent news about the game, Ubisoft has confirmed that it will support microtransactions, though the company stresses that they are entirely optional.

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