Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Art Behind the Game - The Ubisoft Experience Exhibition

The Art Behind the Game - The Ubisoft Experience Exhibition is now on till 25 May 2017 at the National Design Centre in Singapore. The event, which is part of the Voilah! French Festival Singapore and launched in collaboration with Ubisoft Singapore in partnership with DesignSingapore Council and designed by Wy-to architects, will showcase artworks created by artists from various Ubisoft studios for Assassin's Creed and more. Admission is free. 

I'm sure you've played Assassin's Creed. Or at the very least heard of it. It's one of the biggest gaming franchises there is! This year will be the 10th Anniversary of Assassin's Creed and the exhibition offers a look back at the instalments over the years. Walking past the images brought back memories. Be sure to explore every turn. The layout of the exhibition was designed to make you feel as if you were in game, having to look around walls and such. 

Much of the focus of the exhibition is on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and that is because Ubisoft Singapore played a huge part in developing that game. From sketches, to storyboards and paintings, you can learn of the process and see the amount of research that went into making the game. Sound effects are also covered. You may be interested to know that some of the sound effects were produced locally. You can catch a video of how they did it. As the gameplay of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag takes place on water, the team had to create sounds in a pool and also source for materials to use such as rusty chains and pipes.

The following are examples of real world locations which were scouted and translated into beautiful paintings. Simply gorgeous! 

A character portrait gallery was specially set up to give a museum sort of feel. The portraits were done in various techniques and they showcase the attires researched for the game. 

In addition to the above there's also a section for the various ships and sea-life.

If you've interested in meeting some of the artists behind these fine paintings, you can do so this Thursday, 20 April 2017 from 6.30pm to 8pm. Ubisoft Singapore Associate Art Director Kobe Sek and Senior Art Director Mohamed Gambouz will be doing a "live" Speed Drawing Session. 

For a list of activities that will be held at the exhibition, you can check out the Voilah! site by clicking the link.  Registration is required for the workshops.

Aside from Assassin's Creed content, there's also a section on some of Ubisoft's other hit titles such as Rayman, Prince of Persia and Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 just to name a few.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the exhibition. The artworks are truly impressive. We sometimes don't fully realise the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes and it's events like this that make you appreciate the games more.

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