Ubisoft appoints 'chief parkour officer' to work on Assassin's Creed

Parkour expert given unique job title in the name of 'authenticity'

Ubisoft has recruited a parkour expert to serve the role of 'chief parkour officer' at the firm to assist with the development of Assassin's Creed games.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the publishing giant confirmed that Michael 'Frosti' Zernow will take on the uniquely-titled role to help improve the "authenticity and accuracy" of the free running aspects of the firm's blockbuster Assassin's Creed series.


Zernow is from a group of world-class free runners, Tempest Freerunning, but has also previously performed in parkour motion capture sessions fir video games, according to the PR.

As Ubisoft, Zernow will "serve in a strategic advisory role, ensuring an ongoing commitment to the authenticity and accuracy of parkour beginning with the October 28 launch of Assassin's Creed Unity", according to the announcement.

Zernow will also be in attendance at the 'Assassin's Creed Experience' attraction at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

The Assassin's Creed Experience is an obstacle course, designed by Zernow and Tempest Freerunning to "bring to life the French Revolution setting of Assassin's Creed Unity".

"Open to the public, the engaging live event is designed to teach consumers the same moves they would perform in Assassin's Creed Unity and provide an exciting opportunity to try their hand at in-game techniques including running across rooftops and performing a 25-foot 'Leap of Faith' Inspired by the franchise's iconic move," explains Ubi.

The attraction will be open to the public from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 on the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade across the street from the San Diego Convention Center.

Assassin's Creed Unity is set in 18th century Paris, during the French revolution, with players cast as French-Austrian assassin Arno Victor Dorian.

The Assassin's Creed Unity release date is set for October 28 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


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