Ubisoft, the renowned game publisher behind popular titles like Far Cry and Just Dance, continues to embrace the world of Web3 with its latest venture involving the beloved open-world action series, Assassin’s Creed. Teaming up with Integral Reality Labs, Ubisoft introduces Assassin’s Creed Smart Collectibles—a unique combination of NFTs and physical collectibles inspired by the historical action franchise.
These Smart Collectibles take the form of NFT access passes known as “Digital Soul” minted on Ethereum scaling network Polygon. Each NFT can be utilized to personalize and redeem a corresponding physical collectible: a 3D-printed keepsake featuring one of the iconic heroes from the Assassin’s Creed series, elegantly suspended within a transparent cube.
Owners of the NFTs have the opportunity to choose from a range of outfits, weapons, and poses to customize their physical collectible. The rarity level of the NFT determines the extent of customization options available for the associated physical item.
Embedded with near field communication (NFC) chips, these collectibles offer interactive features. By simply tapping the item with a smartphone, owners can access a companion app showcasing a digital version of the character, along with additional utility and features tied to the project.
While specific pricing details are yet to be disclosed, a pre-sale for these Smart Collectibles will commence today, leading up to the official mint on May 16. Integral Reality Labs has confirmed their licensing deal with Ubisoft, demonstrating the collaborative effort behind this exciting initiative.
Integral Reality Labs, having previously partnered with Ubisoft on customizable 3D-printed collectibles based on games such as Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, and For Honor, has taken this collaboration a step further by merging the physical items with NFT technology.
In addition to the “Digital Soul” NFTs, Integral Reality Labs will also release 1,500 “Piece of Eden” passes, offering exclusive benefits to holders, including access to special collectibles drops and priority access to 3D printing.
This marks another milestone for Ubisoft, following their introduction of in-game NFT items for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint in 2021. The company has since expanded its foray into the world of NFTs by creating One Shot League, a spinoff of the NFT-based fantasy soccer game Sorare, and conducting an NFT experiment involving the Rabbids franchise, which contributed to UNICEF. The Rabbids have also recently ventured into the Ethereum-based metaverse game, The Sandbox.
With this latest collaboration, Ubisoft reinforces its position as a pioneering force in the gaming industry’s exploration of NFTs and the convergence of digital and physical experiences. Fans of Assassin’s Creed can now immerse themselves in an innovative collectibles ecosystem that combines the best of both worlds.