By: Imran Chaudhry
Today the long-awaited Assassin’s Creed Origins releases worldwide, bringing Bayek’s story to the masses. With a rocky few years for Ubisoft’s IP Assassin’s Creed, Origins sees a complete revamp in the series, with an overhauled combat system, new eagle vision and viewpoints kept to a minimum.
Origins tells the story of Bayek, the last Medjay in a long line of Protectors for the country, and his journey to gain revenge on his enemies following personal tragedy. On his journey, he comes across Cleopatra and Julius Ceaser, who themselves are waging a war for power; his story will eventually lead him to form the Brotherhood of Assassin’s.
With the overall hype and push for this game, Ubisoft’s marketing team have really given Origins a chance to be a true rebirth of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and their latest Post Launch and Season Pass content trailer looks to continue the game’s playability well after it launches.
Passionately narrated by the game’s designer, Ashraf Ismail goes in depth regarding details of the free and paid for content coming to the game in the near future. The first paid expansion announced is ‘The Curse of the Pharaohs’ which throws Bayek into a living nightmare in a large new open world region. Diving deep into ancient Egyptian mythology, this DLC will allow players to fight mythical beasts and even dead Pharaohs.
The next expansion, titled ‘The Hidden Ones’, takes place years after the events of the main game, where Bayek will be caught between rebel factions and a Roman force; here, his story progresses even further, as does that of the Brotherhood of Assassins. As well as these DLC, the season pass holders will get access to two new customisation packs for aesthetic changes to Bayek.
Thankfully, Ismail goes on to announce that there will be plenty of free extra content coming to the game as well as the paid DLC. Every owner of the base game will be able to take part in an upcoming live activity called ‘The Trail of the Gods’, where a glitch in the animus allows players to fight massive Egyptian gods. Additionally, other upcoming features include the ‘Nomad’s Bazaar’ where you can gain opportunities to earn mystery rewards daily, a photo mode, a horde mode in the gladiator arena and the educational Discovery Tour, coming out early next year.
Scoff all you want at a full price triple A game getting another season pass tie in, however considering the amount of content that is coming with the base game, the number of people working on Origins and the ridiculous budgets these games have, I think it’s more than fair to pay for extra DLC. What do you think of Origins, it’s DLC and the soft reboot the Assassin’s Creed franchise is getting? Will it break the Unity curse of recent instalments? Here’s hoping we’re pleasantly surprised. Tweet us your thoughts @JenChauMedia.