When you have to communicate on an adventure game like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you often emphasize on the hero, the villain or the amazing landscape you will explore. But when you have done that for more than 15 years on your most important licenses, how do you keep gamers excited? Ubisoft asked us to rejuvenate their target for the launch of Odyssey, the new game of their Assassin’s creed license and keep the audience attracted by their license in a very competitive market were gamers don’t buy more than 2 games per year.
Describe the strategy
To rejuvenate the Ubisoft’s target for the launch of the new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and keep the gamers excited, we targeted a large scale of gamers, the one who knows the license since ages and a new generation of players. We concentrated our communication where the gamers talk, and fight about which games is the best: The social network. With MY LIFE AS A NPC, we change the tone of gaming communication and communicate for one week, on Ubisoft’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, the way people do on social networks. But this time, we did it from the point of view of virtual people living in the game, which is like breaking the fourth wall of gaming.
Describe the execution
Through a virtual casting all over the Ancient Greece, we select a courtesan, a spartan, a potter, a shepherd, and dozens of NPCs from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Then, we have brought them to life thanks to a new mocap animation technology. We shape their personalities, their attitudes and their expressions to make these characters larger than life. For one week, they took over Ubisoft’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to create a “laughing out loud snackable campaign”. MY LIFE AS A NPC was launched in October 17th 2018. 10 days after the Assassin’s Creed release, in order to push the sales during a period where there was a big word of mouth around this video game.
List the results
The results are nothing more than the best social campaign ever made for Ubisoft with an all-time high engagement rate (+138%) from the gamers. MY LIFE AS AN NPC get an organic reach on Facebook (3,7M) and Instagram (2,5M). Launched in 20 countries, each one adapted our videos and kept posting 3 stories every day for a week. It’s a best case for the brand because we have generated a lot of conversations, positive for 80% which is quite unusual for a communication of video game and not bad for characters that usually nobody cares about.