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San Diego Comic-Con 2014: 'Assassin's Creed Experience'

Ubisoft created a parkour course for San Diego Comic-Con.
Ubisoft created a parkour course for San Diego Comic-Con.
Rick Kim

San Diego – It may look like the set of American Ninja Warrior, but it’s actually a parkour course created to promote the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Located directly across the street from the San Diego Convention Center, the Assassin’s Creed Experience is open to the general public, which means anyone can test their abilities on the course without a Comic-Con admittance badge.

Ubisoft’s Chief Parkour Officer, Michael “Frosti” Zernow, helped design the course to simulate the free-running action featured in the Assassin’s Creed series. As an American Ninja Warrior contestant and parkour expert, he wanted to ensure that the course was not only thrilling, but also approachable to people of all fitness levels and abilities.

There are a number of challenges and obstacles in the course, which range in difficulty. Fortunately, there are safety pads aplenty in case any participant takes a misstep or lets their grip slip. There are also professionals there to guide participants.

At the end of the course, a 25-foot leap of faith into a giant air bag awaits course-runners as a thrilling final challenge to the course.

As exciting as it will be for those who run the course, it will be just as exciting for onlookers and audiences. There be daily performances (11 am and 3 pm) by Zernow and his team of parkour professionals, and Assassin’s Creed Unity will also be available to demo on the multiple game demo stations on the premises.

Ubisoft went all out in re-creating the French Revolution with set pieces, banners, and huge displays. And for those so inclined, Ubisoft has partnered with Schick to provide free shaves to participants.

Be sure to check out the Assassin’s Creed Experience. Aside from getting a selfie with your favorite movie star, this just might be the most memorable moment in your Comic-Con adventures this year.

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