A year and a half after the first bits of info about it were leaked, Assassin’s Creed Origins has finally been announced officially. It happened during Microsoft’s E3 press conference. They’ve released a trailer and some gameplay footage, and announced the release date.
The story takes place in ancient Egypt. You’re going to play as Bayek, one of the first assassins. Once of the first from this particular order, not one of the first people who figured how to drive a knife through a man’s neck. You’re going to re-live the story of how and why the brotherhood came to be, which is definitive confirmation we won’t be getting AC: Neanderthal a few years down the line.
More importantly, there’s some gameplay footage from an assassination mission. It shows Bayek infiltrating a temple to murder a guy, and gives us a glimpse of his abilities and tools. Apart from the wristblade, he’ll have a shield, spears, a curved blade and a bow. Eagle Vision wasn’t shown off, but instead we got the vision from an actual eagle – Bayek can send his pet to scout the area, marking guards in the process.
That Sniper Elite thing they did in the end was nice, where the camera followed the arrow into the guy’s skull. Let’s hope they were forward thinking enough to include testicle shots. You may have noticed there’s not much in the way of verticality in the levels. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out, given how the series has always relied on letting you climb tall things in the past.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be released on October 27th, on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. You can already preorder it, and if you do, you’ll get a bonus mission called Secrets of the First Pyramids.