Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will be the first major game to use Tobii Tech’s eye-tracking technology. Players will be able to use their own eyes to control characters in the PC version in addition to a mouse and keyboard — bringing a new way to control a game in an era where developers are experimenting with how we interact with our entertainment, such as Oculus VR’s Rift virtual reality headset or Microsoft’s new augmented reality HoloLens goggles.
Tobii bills eye-tracking as the next evolution of human-computer user interfaces. The Sentry Eye Tracker is a $200 device that attaches to a monitor and tracks the player’s eyes using three microprojectors. It enables players to gaze at a part of the screen in order to control which direction the game character looks. The scene camera will pan to accommodate the exploration of this new visual territory, creating an “Infinite Screen” experience.
“Eye tracking is such a natural way to interact with a game and creates tons of potential opportunities for gameplay immersion,” said Corneliu Vasiliu, a producer at Ubisoft Kiev. “We are one of the first to integrate this technology in a video game, and the first to implement eye tracking as a gameplay input in a game of that scale — providing Assassin’s Creed: Rogue gamers with an entirely new, complementary input to the keyboard and mouse. We recognized the power of eye tracking early and were quick to work with Tobii to create a completely new way to experience a game — we are really proud of the result with Assassin’s Creed: Rogue.”
“This is only the beginning of eye-tracking in gaming. It is an important step in Tobii’s long term vision to create a strong ecosystem of games and apps that use eye tracking to create even more immersive experiences”, said Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech.
Tobii said it won’t get direct revenue from Ubisoft in this deal, but it will get indirect business value as the game will help the eye-tracking technology take off. The SteelSeries Sentry will ship with Assassin’s Creed: Rogue as a bundle for the first 5,000 units later this year.