To celebrate the release of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty as a day one Xbox Game Pass title, Microsoft teamed up with visionary craftsman, Andy Chi, to “push the boundaries of technology and tradition” and produce a unique jade Xbox controller.
The reveal comes by way of a short form documentary style video on YouTube called ‘The Power of Jade’ – no doubt a reference to the ‘Power Your Dreams’ slogan for the current line of Xbox Series consoles. The video [embedded below] invites viewers and gamers to “witness the fusion of an ancient Chinese art form with gaming” as Chi crafts an Xbox controller face-plate made entirely out of the precious gemstone. This makes the controller both the most unique and, probably, most expensive ever made.
Chi crafted the stunning jade Xbox controller through a “captivating blend of cutting-edge CNC machinery and centuries-old hand-polishing techniques”. In so doing, he discovers how the process of creating this unique jade Xbox controller is similar, in certain respects, to playing a video game like Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Chi details the mistakes he made along the way, how he overcame them, and how, ultimately, the process of overcoming challenges leads to discovering “new depths of beauty”.
The jade Xbox controller is absolutely stunning and rare (given how it is a once off piece and not for sale)! Although only the face-plate of the controller is technically made out of the precious gemstone, the effect is still the same: a controller exuding a truly unique, rare and mystical aura. The choice of jade is also somewhat auspicious, as it is a gemstone that has been valued and revered for thousands of years in many cultures, especially in Asia and Central America. As such, there are also a variety of myths and legends associated with it, reflecting the gemstones symbolic meanings of harmony, eternity, virtue, purity, prosperity, and protection.
An appropriate example of jade mythology is how it is often revered as the “stone of heaven” and ultimate symbol of Chinese culture. It has been used for carving ritual objects, ornaments, jewelry, and imperial seals since ancient times. Jade is even believed to embody the Confucian virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty, and courage. It is also associated with the dragon, the mythical creature representing power and goodness. The gemstone is also thought to bring good luck, health, and longevity to its wearer or owner; making this jade Xbox controller even more special.
For those interested in the game, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is a new action role-playing title from Team Ninja, the developers of the critically acclaimed Nioh series. The game is set in a dark fantasy version of ancient China during the turbulent Three Kingdoms era, and puts players in the role of a nameless warrior who gets caught up in a supernatural conflict between warring factions and their quest for an elixir of immortality.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is a very much a game appealing to fans of soulslike games, this time set within Chinese history and culture with a mix of dark fantasy. It is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox Game Pass.
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