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.