When Assassin’s Creed arrived on our screens all the way back in 2007 casual and serious gamers alike immediately fell in love with its story, characters and gameplay. Following the story of a bartender by the name of Desmond, the game saw him captured by a tyranical organisation, Abstergo, who utilised his DNA link to a distant Assassin ancestor Altair. The Animus allowed players to go from following Desmond’s story into an immersive 12th Century world in which the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood were trying to stop the Holy Lands being taken over by The Templars. Loosely based on reality, using real people, places and dates, the success of Assassin’s Creed allowed Ubisoft to continue to create a franchise that built on this new world of Assassin’s and Templars, but also giving players the opportunity to lose themselves in some of the most pivotal moments in history.
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At this point, after the series’ seventh game (only counting the AAA console releases) Syndicate, some fans have begun to grow a little tired of Assassin’s Creed, citing lack of real change in gameplay from game-to-game, a loss of compelling, likeable characters and a couple of more recent titles that were very buggy at launch. It’s safe to say that Ubisoft needs to act upon the criticisms moving forward in order to prevent more people giving up on it completely. Queue Assassin’s Creed Origins.
The team behind one of the series’ highlights Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag returns to bring us the Assassins in Ptolemaic Egypt (305 BC – 30 BC), with the game acting as a prequel to the events occurring the franchise’s first nine games. The story will explore the ‘origins’ of the Assassin-Templar conflict; the Assassins standing for peace through liberty, and the Templars standing for peace through order (two sides of the same coin). The game’s playable protagonist Bayek, a Medjay, fights to protect his people from threats, from both inside and out.
Official Description and Trailer:
Journey into Ancient Egypt, the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Discover the secrets behind the Great Pyramids, forgotten myths, the last pharaohs, and – engraved in long-lost hieroglyphics – the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
For the last four years, the team behind the acclaimed Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag® has been focused on crafting a new beginning for the franchise. Fight in a completely new way where you transition seamlessly between unique ranged and melee weapons, and take on multiple enemies at once. Choose your Assassin skills while exploring the full country of Ancient Egypt, engaging in multiple quests and gripping stories along a journey that will change civilization.
The game’s world is expansive, encompassing a large part of Egypt, and climbing is no longer limited to just buildings and trees, with players now also able to make there way up rocks and mountains while free-running. You can also ride of horse or camel-back, and, as demonstrated in the trailer above, use an eagle named Senu (which seems to be the new Eagle Vision) in order to get a birdseye view of the surrounding area (and to see any enemies that may be lurking near you).
Origins certainly does look as though it brings the biggest changes to the franchise yet and freshens up all areas of the game from the combat system to the upgrade menus.
Assassin’s Creed Origins lands on Xbox One/X, PS4 and PC in 2018