Imagine: You jump over the roofs of Baghdad and feel a cool breeze on your skin. But all of a sudden a guard of a businessman strikes behind you. He draws his saber across your back, causing a rather painful feeling to spread through your body.
A rather unusual experience that aims to come true with Assassin’s Creed Mirage and a special shirt. Or at least as true as it gets in the living room and with a piece of fabric.
That’s what’s so special about the Mirage suit
Ubisoft has entered into a cooperation with OWO. The company makes t-shirts that feature a special form of haptic feedback.
Electrical impulses stimulate your skin and muscles in ten different regions of the body, with the aim of simulating external influences on your body.
These include an injury from a dagger, spiders crawling on the skin or free fall through the air.
“Hm, that sounds a lot like the Assassin’s Creed series.” Not just us, but also the manufacturers of the OWO shirt and the developers behind the latest Assassin’s Creed offshoot Mirage must have thought so.
Matching the release there will be a special edition in the look of the new assassination adventure. This is what it will look like:
In addition to Assassin’s Creed Mirage, the ‘OWO Haptic Gaming System’ is compatible with a number of other titles, but primarily on the PC and mostly exclusively via mod. These include, for example, Beat Saber, Fortnite, Half-Life: Alyx and Halo Infinite.
What good is the OWO vest?
OWO’s tactile t-shirt has already been scrutinized in a number of tests, but the findings were mixed. Although the electrical shocks create a stronger connection with the game, they are quite imprecise.
For example, according to VR enthusiast SkarredGhost, it doesn’t really feel like insects are crawling all over your body. Your twitching muscles only give the rough impression that it could be.
In addition, it is probably the case that the impulses are primarily used to evoke pain reactions instead of pleasant impressions, which is also in the nature of things. Electricity causes your muscles to cramp.
Light impulses, on the other hand, would only tingle slightly, so the OWO shirt is also a good distance away from a breath of real wind.
You can find out what happens to Basim in Assassin’s Creed Mirage in the trailer:
Assassin’s Creed Mirage – Almost 8 minutes of gameplay from the Ubisoft Forward
From a health point of view, the shirt should be harmless, but according to the manufacturer, the impulses are too weak. The intensity of the electricity shockers can also be regulated via an app.
So you can limit yourself to a gentle tickling or you can approach the preliminary stage of masochism that has become a video game. It’s up to you.
Quite expensive, but compatible with all systems
You have to dig deep into your pocket for the comparatively small immersion boost of the OWO shirt. Even the standard version costs 500 euros, but the Assassin’s Creed Special Edition will probably not be cheaper.
After all: A digital copy of the game is included in the package!
If you decide to buy one, make sure you choose the right size. The shirt must fit snugly on your body, otherwise the current impulses cannot work.
The haptic clothes nerd will work with the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and the PC. Incidentally, Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be released on October 12, 2023 on exactly those systems, so we’ll have to be patient for a few more months.
Which game would you play with the shirt?