Assassins Creed Origins, the next instalment in Ubisoft’s long-running franchise, will take players way back to Ancient Egypt – to nobody’s surprise.
The long-rumoured game was officially announced during Microsoft’s E3 press conference, as fans were treated to both cinematic and gameplay trailers. You can watch both below.
The central assassin this time is Bayek, a sheriff of sorts, who sets up the ancient Brotherhood in an attempt to stop evil forces corrupting Egypt. This is as far back as the series will go, so we’ll be taking part in the very beginning of the Brotherhood’s storyline.
Bayek is from the city of Siwa, but his journey will take players as far as the Mediterranean Sea, and allow them to venture to landscapes as iconic as the Giza and its pyramids.
Set in 49BC, Origins takes place towards the end of Ancient Egypt, at a time when the notion of Gods and crowning of Pharos begin dying out.
It will be the first Assassins Creed since 2015’s Syndicate, after Ubisoft decided on a hiatus for the series. Origins is being developed by the same team as the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and already we can see some major improvements.
Combat has been redesigned to make switching between enemies easier, and the tower mechanic that’s featured in every title since the original has been thrown away for hawk detection, whereby an overhead hawk will map your surroundings out for you.
It will also take on more of an RPG feel, with character progression being fulfilled by levelling up, collecting loot, and customisation.
The game was showcased on the Xbox One X in 4k, and according to rumours looked stunning. It seems like a fresh start for what felt like a tired series for some time.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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