Back After Skipping A Year
There are not many IP’s that attracted many gamers from around the globe and gained a fan base of at least several million people. Assassin’s Creed is one of them; in its decade of existence, we’ve seen nine major releases and over 30 of them if you count in all the DLCs, not to mention that there was also a movie last year which had substantial success. It’s only normal that the hype goes down with time even if you hold up the beauty of the graphics and the gameplay your franchise became known for. Perhaps that is why Ubisoft decided to skip a year and not release anything in 2016 (except for the mentioned movie). Now, the 10th year anniversary of the series has arrived, and we should see something special. That thing is the newest installment in the franchise, which is Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
There is no better place to promote your game than E3 and Ubisoft is in the business long enough to know that. Unlike God Of War 4(for which everyone was hyped), Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ presentation included a live demo that players that came to the booth could test and we couldn’t miss that opportunity. There were one mission and the gladiator battle mode available in the demo, along with the option to explore the entire Ancient Egypt region.
Let’s start with the mission in which you assume control of a character named Bayek. Everything starts with you coming across a young slave getting beaten by a priest. You are curious, so you ask for an explanation, and the priest reveals that the slave wrecked a ship and stole two valuable golden statues. You offer the priest to investigate and return him the statues.
A Whole Different World
The Origins takes place in Ancient Egypt, which means that our hero isn’t equipped with all those fancy weapons and quirks, such as eagle vision. However, the change implemented is utterly creative. You can now fly an eagle and allow him to scout the region. He will mark all the interest points and enemies for you and enable you to easier find your way around the area. It was the eagle that discovered the location of the statues we will looking for which hints that he or she is a valuable asset to Bayek.
We started the recovery of the statues with the one that was underwater. Fortunately, our assassin can swim (after all, we assumed that he is capable). We still used a boat to get to the exact location and dived in for the statue. As for the diving and swimming, they are pretty simple, but that’s how they need to be, considering that you won’t do a lot of those actions in the game.
The Assassin’s Creed: Origins demo then took us to the ship where the other statue was guarded. We climbed out the ship without being noticed and snuck our way around the boat and to the statue. The enemies had their routines, not making it that hard to go by them (it’s only the first mission). The first attempt in recovering the golden statue succeeded and we returned to the boat.
You Can Make Your Own Choices
After getting the statues back to the priest, we find out that he still wants to kill the poor slave. The game offers you the choice whether you want to defend him, but if you chose to protect the poor guy, you would need to fight the priest along with his henchmen. The battle is engaging and challenging, especially because none of the attackers were standing and waiting for me to make a move. Instead, they used every inch of space to assault me. We managed to fight off the henchmen, but the priest got away. Regardless of that, the mission was deemed successful, although we didn’t have another attempt to kill the douchebag (and we can’t wait to do that in the full version!).
We also tried the Gladiator Battle mode, which puts you against the enemies that keep coming and finishes with a boss battle. Thanks to the significantly improved combat mechanics, it was incredibly fun to test our skills in this mode. Each time you take a look around, you can see something interactive in the environment, whether it is the thing you need to dodge or you can use against the opponents. While we were exploring the Ancient Egypt, we found out that Bayek can hunt for animals in the wild and use the animal material to craft equipment.
Is It Worse or Better than the Previous Games?
For the last ten years, Ubisoft has enabled us to dive into the AC world (at least) once a year. We explored Colonial era America, Victorian London, Renaissance Italy, and Paris during the French revolution. All these offered lavish scenery and settings unique to the period we were in. However, the year off that Ubisoft allowed itself indeed offered the possibility to innovate Assassin’s Creed: Origins in a way the fans expect.
The Origins offers incredible graphics that help create the atmosphere of the Ancient Egypt (at least that’s what we think, considering that we’ve never been there). However, the new installment took it to the next step. The Origins is a prequel to the franchise, considering that it is happening years before any of the characters from the universe we know existed.
It’s still the good old Assassin’s Creed we know and love. But the fact that the time gap is a bit wide enabled Ubisoft to create innovations related to the period chosen for the game. We already mentioned the actual Eagle you can use instead of the eagle vision gadget and that is not the only change you can expect. According to some information that inside sources revealed, there won’t be as many meaningless side missions as before. Instead, Assassin’s Creed: Origins will put its focus on quests, and the developers will give their best to make even the side stories more interesting.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is expected to be released on October 27, 2017, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.