A lot of disturbing videos slither their way onto the Internet, and many can linger unnoticed in the bowels of YouTube for years -- but not this one. Hosted on Kazakh sharing site Kiwi, this video is not only gruesome, it's mysterious. Here's what we know:
It's titled "Assassins creed revelations Seizure - Ubisoft."
It is described by the uploader as "an internal project we did here at Ubisoft Cinematics. I animated the character on the table. No mocap whatsoever."
It features a serene doctor performing barbaric head surgery on a living dead man, all in the name of "memory binding."
It is absolutely gorgeous.
You can watch it right here.
We don't know what this is, but we have some theories. For one, the Animus had to start somewhere, and Subject 1 may as well have been a schizophrenic guy with a broken back. For two, we don't think this is part of any actual Assassin's Creed
game -- but it could be a supplemental short film, perhaps part of the Assassin's Creed: Embers
short. Or, of course, it could be a really clever fan work. We're running our ideas by Ubisoft for clarification, or perhaps an impromptu, company-wide lobotomy.
The audio and visual inspiration is most definitely ripped straight from Jacob's Ladder
, meaning this piece probably wasn't made for public release. Even if it is only an internal animation test, this baby deserves to be in the public eye (and frontal lobes).