Ubisoft continues its grueling NFT run, this time with Assassin’s Creed – Destructoid
Ezio didn’t dive into hay bales for this
Undaunted, Ubisoft continues to mine its catalog of IPs for new NFT/blockchain ventures, announcing this morning that it intends to release a new series of pretend pictures based on the hugely successful time-skip series. Assassin’s Creed. At least this new venture has something of a physical form.
The Assassin’s Creed smart collectibles line consists of images of characters from the long-running stealth series, replicated as “Digital Souls”. The variance in these images will be implemented via the costumes and equipment each soul will wear and carry. Once purchased, the NFT “owner” will be able to request a 3D printed cube of their soul, with a copy of their character. These cubes can then be registered via a special companion app.
1/ Smart Collectibles™, a short thread
In this thread we will provide some technology and ordering information in relation to the Smart Collectibles™ that we are very excited to debut with everyone @assassinscreed fans!
Let’s get into it 👇 pic.twitter.com/EY3OJY00W4
— Assassin’s Creed Smart Collectibles (@ACSmartCollect) 11 May 2023
There is also a form of “Pass” available for the new line. 1,500 “Eden Passes” will be made available, giving the owner the ability to purchase exclusive drops, an exclusive Digital Soul, as well as a way to skip the 3D printing queue. Yes, it’s essentially DLC for your NFT. The weirdest part is some answers to actual cubes themselves have have been positive, with some fans asking why they can’t just start a series of character cubes without the blockchain fuss.
Pricing for the NFTs or the Eden Pass was not disclosed.
If you detect more than a hint of exhaustion in my reporting, I’m just heading towards the continued downward spiral that has hit the NFT/Blockchain market since that weird window where we were told, infinite, that NFTs were not only the currency of the future, but also that people against the idea just “didn’t realize how much it benefited them”. This period was, of course, followed by a series of situations where publishers were torn to embrace the controversial technology, not least Ubisoft itself – which remains unwaveringly attracted to the silly idea.
Despite the complete collapse of cryptocurrency company FTX, the embarrassment of Meta, or the disdain shown to studios like Square Enix and Sega for promoting these schemes, new NFT projects still emerge from time to time. The Pokemon Company recently announced a NFT/Metaverse expert, Yu Suzuki announced a line of Virtua Fighter collectibles, and last week the Impact pro-wrestling promotion announced its own line, to instant mockery of his fan base and a whopping 278 Likes.
Welcome to the world of tomorrow.