5 Reasons Why We're Excited for Assassin's Creed Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins is turning out to be the kind of game fans have wanted since the original AC laid out the foundation for the franchise.

October 19, 2017

/ by Tin Salamunic
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The Assassin’s Creed franchise has always excelled at portraying an engrossing fictional history of real world events.Even the worst entries in the series delivered impressive world design that meticulously captured significant historical junctures. This attention to detail remained one of the main reasons I kept coming back for each new release. But, even as a diehard fan I started to feel sequelitis fatigue. Thankfully, things are about to change. After the lukewarm sales and reception of Unity and Syndicate, Ubisoft made the wise choice of giving the series time to breathe.

Assassin's Creed Origins is turning out to be the kind of game fans have wanted since the original AC laid out the foundation for the franchise. Shifting towards a more RPG-oriented gameplay system, Assassin's Creed Origins has the potential of becoming the series’ most defining entry. Here are 5 reasons why we’re personally excited for Ubisoft’s greatest comeback.

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5.  A New Beginning
Assassin's Creed Origins is marketed as a soft-reboot. Since the story details remain unclear at this point, we can only speculate what this new direction really means. Based on the trailers and gameplay footage, we can see that the dreaded Animus plot is nixed. I think it’s fair to say that most fans wanted more emphasis on the actual historical narrative, and it looks like our cries have been heard. With more freedom to flesh out a singular storyline, the writers should have greater opportunities to enrich the Assassin’s Creed lore further.

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4.  RPG-Style Mechanics
Assassin’s Creed has always been classified as a third person action game, but the developers have decided that in order for the series to feel fresh again, some fundamental elements needed to change in AC Origins .The shift toward an RPG-oriented system is precisely what this series needed, and I applaud the devs for taking bold steps to diversify the formula. I am personally excited to have the ability to grow my character because I was getting very tired of the stagnant-feeling progress of previous entries.

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3.  Educational Mode
I know very few players do this, but I always read the historical fact-sheets that AC is infamously known for. For anyone willing to read through the walls of text, you’re rewarded with interesting historical facts and some snarky humor tossed in for good measure. The newly announced Educational Mode seems like an evolutionary step of that basic idea. The ability to simply explore the world without having to worry about enemies or plot seems like an exciting new way to experience the AC universe. I really can’t wait to see what this mode has to offer.

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2.  Improved Combat
Judging by the gameplay footage alone, Assassin's Creed Origins appears to boast a much heavier combat system that’s even been compared to Dark Souls. While I always enjoyed AC’s theatrical combo finishers and rhythmical button mashing, the lack of any real challenge severely hampered the experience. This new approach looks more tactical and less systematic. Facing more than two foes is now genuinely challenging, which is very refreshing and welcoming at this point.

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1.  Egypt
Feudal Japan and Egypt have been one of the most fan requested settings. Ubisoft is now giving us Egypt, so who knows what the future holds. Egypt is shaping up to be one of the most visually stunning sandboxes to date. The environmental detail that’s brimming with wildlife is absolutely mind boggling. Ubisoft’s greatest strength has always been world building, and Egypt may very well set a new standard for the genre.

Assassin's Creed Origins releases on October 27th across Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC platforms. Are you as excited about the new Assassin's Creed direction as we are? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

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