For Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft wanted to recreate Industrial Revolution London, and wanted to get the scale right. What better way to do this than strap a camera to an eagle and fly it around modern day London?
The footage here is breathtaking, and you won’t see anything more natural than this, from a plane, helicopter or drone. Being on the back of a bald-headed eagle, as it soars through the London skyline, over the Thames and around Big Ben, is just magnificent.
Chris O’Donnell, the owner of 29-year-old Sidney, said “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.”
Below, you can see a video showing off the ‘making of’, how the camera was made and fit to Sidney, the eagle. Brilliant stuff altogether. What a world we live in.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 23rd, and for PC on November 19th, this year.