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Man invents ‘Assassin’s Creed’-style rope launcher, uses it to scale walls

Published Oct 26th, 2015 12:25PM EDT
Assassin's Creed Rope Launcher

The Assassins Creed video game franchise has been around for about 8 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. Just a few days ago, the ninth major release of the franchise — Assassin’s Creed Syndicate — was released to favorable reviews.

One of the more interesting and cooler additions to the game is that assassin Jacob Frye now has a new weapon at his disposal — a handy and useful wrist-mounted rope launcher that can be used to cross streets (like a zipline) or quickly ascend to the top of buildings.

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To help promote the release of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Ubisoft had inventor Colin Furze come up with a real-life version of the rope launcher. Powered by a carbon dioxide canister, the device works a lot better than you might initially imagine. While it requires the use of a harness and doesn’t work as seamlessly or quickly as it does in the video game (no surprise there), its still impressive that Furze managed to come up with a functional contraption. Not stopping there, Furze also put together a hand-worn contraption with a hidden blade, mirroring one of the game franchise’s most iconic weapons.

Video of both weapons in action can be seen below.

The videos here show how Furze turned this fantastical idea into reality.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.