In a move that continues to give me whiplash from the ratio of cool educational stuff (the combat-free Discovery Tour mode) to weird promo stuff (weird golden headphones) for Assassin's Creed Origins, Ubisoft has today announced The Hieroglyphics Initiative, a machine learning research project to help in the deciphering and translation of hieroglyphics.

According to Ubi, whilst working on the Ancient Egyptian setting of Origins, the team 'realised how challenging it still is to unlock the secrets of the past and wondered how modern technology could help.' 

The Hieroglyphics Initiative has been developed in collaboration with Google, but Ubisoft has also put out a call for source material for the project. If you're a researcher or historian with images of Middle Period hieroglyphics, Ubisoft Needs You!

If you're interested in learning more, head along to The Hieroglyphics Initiative website, where you can register interest in being involved. The current aim is to release the first results of the project at the end of the year, at which point the data will be opened up to everyone.

Assassin's Creed Origins is out on PS4, PC and Xbox One on October 27.