Assassin’s Creed Origins will be set in Egypt!
Assassin’s Creed Origins was initially thought to be called Assassin’s Creed Empire. Notably, Assassin’s Creed took 2016 off, the first time since 2009 Ubisoft hasn’t released an Assassin’s Creed game. But that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill running and we’ve collected everything you need to know about Assassin’s Creed Origins. Although Ubisoft is infamous for leaking game details early this time around they have been tight-lipped. Still, it looks as though Assassin’s Creed Origins is set in Egypt around 305 – 30 BC.
Ubisoft copped a bit of backlash for the buggy release of Assassin’s Creed Unity which has since been fixed. Then the next addition to the series, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate had the worst week one sale of any Assassin’s Creed game. So, it’s fair to say taking a year off to revamp the series and develop the game right is a good decision. In a blog in February 2016 Ubisoft said
We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”
The year off for AC also left room for the Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender to take the limelight. Reviews of the movie are pretty negative and the movie did not quite make the connection to the video game people were hoping for. However, the movie did make just over $240 million at the worldwide box office. Assassin’s Creed releases in March 2017 on Bluray and DVD and includes 90 minutes of bonus footage. That bonus footage may include the alternate movie ending and the film is also said to have a sequel planned already.
Everything we know about Assassin’s Creed Empire (Origins)
The Assassin’s Creed franchise has taken gamers through history and beautiful cities and countries including Syria, France, and America. The Assassin’s Creed Origins setting will most likely be Egypt according to rumors and possible leaks from 4chan and social media.
According to the 4chan source and Neogaf forums, Assassin’s Creed Origins will be a complete revamp of the series. This revamp includes an overhaul of the combat system with more freeform style combat similar to that of The Witcher. Assassin’s Creed Origins is in development by the same team that made Black Flag which supports theories surrounding Black Flag director Ashraf Ismail. Back in 2013, he said
I’m not saying we are going there, but one day I would love to explore Egypt as a setting for this game. Ancient Egypt could be a really cool place. We have a really cool explanation for how we can do this, and it is with this Animus device that allows us to go to anytime in history. It was never a set rule that we always get closer to the present day. But again, I’m not saying Egypt is where the next one is going, it’s just where I would like it to go.”
Moreover, since finishing Black Flag’s development in 2014, Ashraf Ismail is working on an unannounced game by Ubisoft. Ismail commented he can’t confirm any of the rumors but is excited to talk about Ubisoft’s new game.
It was also indicated that Assassin’s Creed Origins will bring back boats and horses. The boats will be used for navigation and have quest interiors onboard. The new world is built completely from scratch with some minor animation recycling and a seamless world. Assassin’s Creed Origins might be 3 times the size of Black Flag and not feature co-op. The protagonist will also have an eagle companion perhaps for combat or scouting.
The leaker said Assassin’s Creed Origins (Empire) would be a prequel to the other ACs and historical accuracy was not the main concern. However, the story will be in-depth and you may play as a slave or ex-slave similar looking to Altair. The opportunities for fantastic storytelling with Assassin’s Creed and Egypt are immense. This isn’t the first time figures from Egypt and mythology have appeared in AC games.
For instance, the Orion constellation is in the night sky of AC Black Flag, relating to Orion of Greek mythology. Greece and Rome could be part of a trilogy along with Egypt and this also fits historically. Egypt also could bring focus to a female character like Amunet whose name means ‘the female hidden one’. Further clues lie in the ending of Assassin’s Creed Revelations (spoilers incoming) where Altair’s son, Darim tells his father to take one of the pieces of Eden to Alexandria, the ancient capital of Egypt.
There’s also a mention of Egypt in Assassin’s Creed 4 in the emails of Abstergo’s bosses. The emails discuss Desmond’s ancestry and show artwork of Osiris and Egypt. They also mention Egypt as a good setting for the next experience. Watch Dogs 2 has an easter egg that could suggest an upcoming Assassin’s Creed game. In addition, there was a leak in 2013 of Osiris which is since confirmed as an old Ubisoft project. But it’s likely aspects of Osiris will still get recycled in Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Leaks would suggest a 2017 release although interviews with developers and CEOs at Ubisoft suggest otherwise. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said ‘it will be back when it’s ready’ so launch might not be until 2018. Especially considering developers have mentioned wanting to bring the game into Alpha for a year before launching.
*Updated to reflect the official game name – Assassin’s Creed Origins.