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It marks the first time a sword created from a video game has ever been on display in the Royal Armouries.
Square Enix has partnered with Royal Armouries to create a real-world replica of a sword from Final Fantasy XVI.
The sword, called Invictus, is being showcased for one month at an exhibition housed at the Tower of London. It marks the first time a sword created from a video game has ever been on display in the Royal Armouries.
“It’s thrilling to see the historic art form of sword crafting continue to thrive in the video game space – and what better way to celebrate this than by displaying this exclusive sword from Final Fantasy XVI alongside the Royal Armouries collection of arms and armour,” said Emma Mawdsley, Keeper of Tower Armouries.
“We are always looking at ways to engage new audiences with our collections across the Museum’s three sites, so we’re very excited to welcome fans of the franchise and gamers alike to the Royal Armouries in the Tower of London.”
The sword was crafted by swordsmith Tod Todeschini using a mixture of traditional techniques and recent technological advancements in sword making.
Todeschini added: “I knew from the very start, this was not going to be an ordinary sword and challenging in every way, but I’m very pleased with the finished sword and proud that it will be available for the fans to view alongside the Royal Armouries collection in the Tower of London.”
The sword will be on display until July 19th.
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