Gamers have been involved with the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ titles for an entire decade. It’s been ten years since we first stepped into the boots of Altair in order to wreak havoc on our enemies while utilizing free-running, hidden weapons, and amazing assassinations. Now, ten years and 19 releases later the franchise has begun to run off the rails. The latest hiccup for the famed franchise came in cinematic format with the messy and inept ‘Assassin’s Creed’ movie. The games have continued to slide in terms of quality as well. Now, it appears, the team of developers behind ‘Assassin’s Creed’ are looking to bring their fans back in style with ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’.
A first look at ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ showcases the fact that we are back working undercover and operating out of stealth. The historical elements are back in place and it doesn’t look like we’ll have to worry about too many modern sequences. ‘Origins’ is being released after a complete year long break from anything related to the series. The goal of ‘Origins’, according to Creative Director Jean Guesdon, is to “really reinvent the experience of Assassin’s Creed on both gameplay and the world.” Guesdon’s excitement over the title looked well deserved at more elements of the story were leaked ahead of the eventual trailer release.
‘Origins’ puts us into the shoes and sandals of a man named Bayek of Siwa from Ancient Egypt. Bayek is part of the very first Brotherhood of Assasins that we have grown so familiar with over the years. Bayek is from a group known as the Medjay, people who were sworn to protect the Pharaoh. The game is set in 49 BC and begins with Cleopatra being handily thrown from her position atop Egypt. Your goal as Medjay is to lead Cleopatra back to her thrown while taking on the Order of the Ancients. While the names and settings have changed the story still feels very much like an ‘Assassin’s Creed’ title.
‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ is an open world title that sees you take Bayek through a host of different huge and epic locations. The title leans heavier on the open world aspect than any other ‘Creed’ games and revolves around questing. There are other big changes to the franchise including the ability to upgrade and craft your own gear while working with skill trees. This turn to real RPG should do well to bring new life to the series.