Making the Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tour spin-offs is one of Ubisoft’s best decisions to date. They’re standalone versions of the maps from AC Origins and Odyssey, in which you don’t have any enemies, quests or a story to follow. Just a big old map of the compact, fictional versions of ancient Egypt or Greece present in the games, a bunch of people doing their thing, and a number of lectures on subjects pertaining to the lives and customs of the ancient peoples that inspired them. And you can get both of them for free now!
The offer is valid until May 21st, so hurry up and grab Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt or Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece (or both), before you forget all about it. According to Etienne Allonier, brand director of Assassin’s Creed, they’re doing it to help teachers and students whose lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic. That is as noble a gesture as any, but I’m definitely going to use them in lieu of a mediterranean vacation this year.
I’ve already bought the Egypt one way back when, and it’s exactly what it says on the box. A walking simulator set in the world of AC Origins, with some nice history, archaeology and anthropology lessons if you’re looking to learn something new. We used to make fun of people saying they’ve learned history through AC games, and look at us know. Apart from the educational value, it’s a great way to experience the big, busy worlds these games inhabit, without being bogged down by the story, quests, wild animals and soldiers pecking at you wherever you go, puzzles, etc.
If you’ve purchased either of the two games, you already have these pacifist, walky version somewhere in your library. If not, this is a great opportunity to check them out without having to spend money.