Ubisoft officially announces Assassin’s Creed Origins during the Microsoft E3 2017 press conference. After weeks of leaks, the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming title gives fans a real look at the game’s Egypt setting.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be the first fully fledged Assassin’s Creed title in over two years as Ubisoft put the series on hiatus in order to reevaluate its future.
Assassin’s Creed Origins Protagonist, Egypt Setting Revealed
In Assassin’s Creed Origins, players assume the the role of Bayek who is described as a “protector of Egypt.” Bayek’s Egypt is set sometime after 300BC, which is way before the other games in the franchise. This is also a period of time when the Assassin’s Brotherhood was in its “infancy,” says Ubisoft.
Other than a brand new setting – the entire country of Egypt will be in the game including locations like the Library of Alexandria – Ubisoft is also promising a gameplay overhaul. The company has described Assassin’s Creed Origins as more of an “action RPG” than previous games in the franchise, with combat including an “adrenaline” feature that sees Bayek whipped up into a frenzy where he can more easily take out opponents.
Other new gameplay tidbits include: boats, camel/horse/chariot riding, daily quests at bazaars (one of three merchant types), and various weapon upgrades too. One big change seems to be that Assassin’s Creed Origins ditches the mini-map and will instead see players scope out the area using Bayek’s eagle, Senu. For those used to picking a place on the map, going to it and ticking it off, that might take a bit of getting used to, but it could provide players with a tactical edge too.
Despite Ubisoft having released some additional lengthy walkthroughs and behind the scenes trailers for the game, there’s still quite a bit we don’t know. The Assassin’s Creed games have always looked at the social issues within their respective time periods, including the caste system and poverty. The main Origins trailer does seem to feature slave workers pulling a statue, but how deep the game will go into that and how Bayek will be able to influence some positive change on that front is up in the air for now.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be released on October 27 for Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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