NFT holders can customise a physical collectible based on the popular game franchise thanks to a collaboration between Ubisoft and Integral Reality Labs.
The company behind game franchises like Far Cry and Just Dance is now making another NFT play, this time based on its wildly successful open-world action series, Assassin’s Creed. Ubisoft has been the most active major game publisher to date in the Web3 world.
Assassin’s Creed Smart Collectibles, which are NFT access passes minted on the Ethereum scaling network Polygon and paired with physical collectibles inspired by the well-known historical action franchise, were developed in collaboration between Integral Reality Labs and Ubisoft.
Each newly created “Digital Soul” NFT can be used to customise and exchange for a physical collectible—a 3D-printed souvenir showing one of the game series’ heroes suspended inside a clear cube.
Before the actual collectible is printed and shipped, owners can select from a variety of outfits, accessories, and poses. The NFTs are available in a range of rarities, and those with a higher tier level will open up more customization options for the related physical collectibles.
An embedded near field communication (NFC) chip is present in the collectibles. Owners of smartphones can tap the icon to access the project’s extra features and access a digital representation of the character in a companion app.
Pricing information has not yet been disclosed, but an Integral Reality Labs representative told Decrypt that a pre-sale will start today before the official mint on May 16. The licencing agreement between Decrypt and Integral Reality Labs was confirmed by a Ubisoft representative.
Previously, Integral Reality Labs and Ubisoft worked together to produce a line of reversible, 3D-printed collectibles based on the Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, and For Honour video game franchises. According to Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed video game series has sold more than 200 million copies since its introduction in 2007.
Integral Reality Labs will issue 1,500 “Piece of Eden” passes in addition to the “Digital Soul” NFTs that can be exchanged for tangible collectibles, giving holders access to special collectible drops and first priority for 3D printing, among other advantages.
The first in-game NFT items for a well-known, popular video game were made available by Ubisoft in 2021 for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint on PC, which featured Tezos-based weapons and asset skins.
The company also developed an NFT experiment based on the Rabbids franchise that benefited UNICEF, as well as One Shot League, a spinoff of the NFT-based fantasy football game Sorare. The Rabbids most recently made an appearance in The Sandbox, an Ethereum-based metaverse game.