Egypt has been featured in many movies and games over the years, and the Assassin’s Creed Origin development team soon discovered that there is still so much that remains uncovered when it comes to our knowledge of ancient Egypt, and more specifically, hieroglyphics.
Ubisoft have teamed up with Google for this learning project, to connect history and technology together in an attempt to make the translation of hieroglyphs much faster and to open up the wonder of the ancient language to a new audience.
The Hieroglyphics Initiative will use a technique called Machine Learning to recognise individual hieroglyphs and welcomes the contributions of researchers and historians to add to the database.
One of the main elements of this project is to gather source material (imagery of Middle Period hieroglyphics in its original form), and multiple samples of the thousand or so hieroglyphs which have been identified and translated by scholars in the past. Therefore, Ubisoft calls for Researchers and Historians to add their contribution, in order to collect as much data as possible and to create the ultimate hieroglyphics translator.
You can learn more about the project here.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is due for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 27, 2017.