The new “Assassin’s Creed” game looks like the best entry in years.
It’s called “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” and it’s set during one of history’s most fascinating periods: Ptolemaic Egypt. That’s the era when Egypt’s millennia-spanning empire began to fall, while Rome — led by Julius Caesar — conquered more and more of Western civilisation.
It’s also, according to “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” the period when the “Assassin’s Brotherhood” was conceived. That alternative history is what you’ll play when the game arrives this October. Here’s what we know so far!
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'Assassin's Creed Origins' is assuredly the most attractive game in the series to date. Just look at this:
The game's open world is meant to showcase various aspects of Egyptian civilisation. There are a few major cities:
You're able to traverse the massive open world of 'Assassin's Creed Origins' on horseback, as seen here, but you'll also be able to hop on a camel if that's your kinda thing.
Beyond the new locale, there are some huge changes coming to the gameplay and structure of the series in 'Origins.' Let's start with the main character: Bayek.
In case you haven't been acutely following the 'Assassin's Creed' series across the past decade, the backbone of the plot is a longstanding feud between two groups: the Assassins and the Templars. Both are secret societies that seek to influence society from the shadows, and both believe they're doing it for the right reason. There's a deeper backstory that involves gods and magic and all sorts of stuff, but you don't need to know any of that -- we're talking about games that primarily focus on sneaking up on people and stabbing them.
Anyway, in the case of 'Assassin's Creed Origins,' Bayek is being touted as the first official assassin of the so-called 'Assassin's Brotherhood' -- thus the 'origins' moniker. He'll be the first to use the hidden blade, the first to use eagle vision, the first to dive from a rooftop into a hay bale without injury.