Assassin’s Creed Origins Introduced “Discovery Tour” Mode

One thing the Assassin’s Creed game series has in its favor are sprawling lifelike recreations of actual locations, replicated as closely as possible (neck stabbing aside) to their real life counterparts during the time a game’s events are supposed to take place. For many players, it can be more enjoyable to simply traverse the map in a game than to try to play through the story itself. It seems Ubisoft has taken notice of this, introducing a new mode into the franchise’s latest entry.

“Discovery Tour” is a game mode separate from Assassin’s Creed Origins’ main story, doing away with all the violence and danger involved with a traditional action adventure video game. Instead, players are taken across a guided tour of ancient Egypt as it is recreated within the game.

With input from many museums and Egyptologists, the game’s programmers took great pains to recreate the people, places, and artifacts featured in Assassin’s Creed Origins. There’s been no shortage of effort in this new mode, either, taking the player on a trip around Alexandria following a golden path dotted with places of interest. Once reached, a narrator explains how the developers went about recreating this particular piece of Egyptian history and its significance to the country.

That’s only the start, though, as over 70 tours spread across the entirety of Origins’ massive open world are available after the initial tour ends, allowing players to go wherever they like and learn about all manner of different facts related to the times. You even get to choose who you’d like to be during the tour (though it won’t actually change anything during the game mode), with Julius Caesar and Cleopatra offered in addition to the game’s protagonist.

There are even points where the game highlights the liberties taken with history during development to better adapt the real life locations into an interactive experience, discussing the changes both big and small that had to be made in order for players to better enjoy their time in the game.

Discovery Tour is out now as a free update to the base Assassin’s Creed Origins game. If you’re not interested in the franchise but would like to experience this interactive educational game for yourself, though, it’s available to purchase separately on PC for a reduced price.

New Game + has released for Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed: Origins is Ubisoft’s newest edition to the Assassin’s Creed Franchise. Origins is the 10th game in the main series and it is the biggest to date.

Earlier this month Ubisoft announced that there would be at least another year before the next edition of the game comes out, but not without reason, the team said it would be working on Origins for the remainder of 2018 in order to keep content coming.

The newest piece of content has been long awaited: New Game +. For those who haven’t played other games that feature a new game +, such as the Batman series, it basically means that all of your gear and stats carry over when you create a new game. Enemies will be tougher as well and sometimes a game will force you to play on a higher difficulty when starting a new game +.

When you begin a new game in Assassins Creed origins you will notice that all of your weapons and items are still in your inventory from where you left off at after completing the main story. The map will be blank again, your targets will have reset and all locations and quests will be uncompleted. Some people may ask what the appeal to such a game mode is and why it is favorable over simply replaying the game. New Game+ generally allows you complete the game much faster than truly starting over. When you begin the game with max skills and crafting already completed, that frees up a lot of time that you can now invest in purely completing missions.

With Origins this is especially relevant because, as anyone who has played the game knows, it is extremely grindy. Quests are locked behind level restrictions and most attempts to complete a mission over your level will end in frustration and death for the player. New Game + does not remove the level requirements on quests, but what it does do is give you the ability to complete higher level quests at a much lower level than previously possible(due to being able to begin the game at max crafting).

Whether it is your second playthrough or your 15th, if you enjoyed the original Assassin’s Creed: Origins, download the free update and dive back in with the New Game +.

Ubisoft Claims it will Focus on AC:Origins;Not New Game

It seems that Assassin’s Creed Origins not only broke the annual release schedule of the game franchise once, but perhaps permanently. Since the release of Assassin Creed 2 until Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate we have seen an Assassin’s Creed game every year, sometimes we got multiple in a year(such as AC:Unity and AC:Rogue). The occasional handheld system would even receive a title the same year consoles would receive the newest edition of the main series.

But it seems Assassin Creed: Origin’s two year gap was not an anomaly: it may be the new norm, and I’d like to explain why that may not be such a bad idea.

Ubisoft, announced on Feb. 13th, said that it will not be focusing it’s attention on a new installment of the franchise, instead it will continue to put resources into map expansions and DLC for the recently released and critically acclaimed Assassin Creed: Origins.

This edition of Assassin Creed sees the player go back in time for the first time in franchise history. The player is taken all the way back to the end of the Ptolemy Kingdom, as you witness the rise of Queen Cleopatra. The concept is quite refreshing since previous titles were creeping nearer and nearer to modern day. This gives Ubisoft a chance to “reset” the Assassin’s Creed universe and show the player the true origins of how the Assassins came to be and allows them to build the story from there.

The first DLC for the game, The Hidden Ones, has already been released, and it picks up right after the ending of the main storyline. The next expansion is set to be released on March 6th, 2018 and it is titled The Curse of the Pharaohs. Ubisoft has not said how many total DLC it will release for Origins, but if I had to guess, we will be seeing new content until the end of 2018.

If the next game in the series is as good as Origins, fans will rejoice in the decision to wait an extra year before the release of the newest title.

A First Look at the Egypt-Inspired Assassin’s Creed Origins

While the “Assassin’s Creed” series of stealth action games has been around for a decade, “Assassin’s Creed Origins” is the nineteenth game in the franchise but only the tenth installment of the main series. Where the first game’s premise involved the exploration of the main character’s ancestral memory and has the player navigating various locations during the Third Crusade of the 1100s; this newest installment uses the memory diving technology within the game’s universe to explore Ptolemaic Egypt in order to tell the origin story of the game’s central conflict: that of the authoritarian “Templars” and the libertine “Assassins.”

 

The “ancestral hero” for this particular outing is Bayek, a “Medjay.” While the term Medjay can refer to a Nubian individual hailing from northern Sudan, it also refers to individuals who served the Pharaoh as advance scouts or military. Players send Bayek on a variety of missions, usually with allowance for multiple valid solutions due to the open-world nature of its gameplay. Bayek can call upon Senu, his pet falcon, to run aerial reconnaissance on mission areas; rush down enemies on horseback; snipe at foes with arrows fired from his compound bow or just slice up foes with a khopesh. The game will include combat engagements on horseback, upon the waters north of Egypt and within the unforgiving desert wastelands of the Sahara. One distinction Assassin’s Creed Origins has over its predecessors, likely as a nod to the earlier state of civilization within the world, is the relatively rare presence of tall buildings that the series has developed a reputation for taking huge leaps of faith from.

 

Assassin’s Creed Origins will launch in late October for the PC, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Once the console hits the market in early November, Assassin’s Creed Origins will also be released for Microsoft’s new “Xbox One X” console, which bolsters a consistent frame rate of 60 frames per second and graphical fidelity that reaches 4K resolution.