Assassin’s Creed Origins: It has been a while since we heard anything about a new Assassin’s Creed game directly from the creators. But an incessant amount of leaks have made sure that fans don’t really need to be worried about the future of the series. But a new game in Ubisoft‘s decade long and bestselling franchise was inevitable, especially now that the franchise is expanding its reach to the public with a new television series. When you consider that along with the enduring commercial success the main games have seen despite a decline towards the lackluster lately, it only seems obvious that a new game will happen. And as it turns out, this new game is titled Assassin’s Creed Origins. Thanks to the latest developments, we now appear to be aware of a number of things related to the upcoming game.
All the Assassin’s Creed Origins Leaks Rounded Up
Update: Thankfully, Ubisoft has provided an update about the upcoming game before leaks can go any further ahead. In their 2017 earnings call report, the developer said that they were getting ready to launch some new titles during the current fiscal year. One of these games, it gives us great pleasure to say, is the next Assassin’s Creed game.
As Ubisoft has refrained from actually stating the title, we don’t know if the Origins rumors are true yet. However, shortly after making the coveted announcement, the creators used their social media accounts to begin teasing the title. While one was just a picture with the AC logo featured, another one that came from the Assassin’s Creed UK handle came with a piece of text that said: “A new era begins.” So while there is no telling whether the assumed title will prevail, it seems that the reports about an ancient setting might have been true after all. The great news, amidst all this confusion, is that there is a reveal coming up at this year’s E3, so we have much to learn soon. Check out the tweets below, and read the full story to catch up on whatever we have so far.
— Assassin's Creed (@assassinscreed) May 16, 2017
Sharpen your blade. The Assassins will soon step out of the shadows… pic.twitter.com/nUrM4A57J0
— Assassins Creed UK (@Assassins_UK) May 16, 2017
It was only a few days ago that WWG reported that the new Assassin’s Creed title was on the way. They were also the first ones to have reported about the name. And that was not all, they had also got hold of new information related to the game from their sources inside Ubisoft. Everything from the story to the characters, and even some gameplay elements, were touched upon.
Other publications were quick to verify the details with their own sources, and it looked like the claims were true. As it stands right now, Assassin’s Creed Origins is a reality. But what shook the Assassin’s Creed fan community was a picture that was recently posted on Reddit under a throwaway account. While the post has since been deleted, opportunities to share it publicly were not missed. And there were hardly any room for doubts about the authenticity of the picture itself.
While the events over the last couple of days have been corroborated and declared to be the real deal, the leaks started pouring in much earlier. Back during the initial months of 2016, there were rumors that Ubisoft would take a break from their regular launch tradition by going on a hiatus before they were ready to roll out a new Asssassin’s Creed title. This rumor was substantiated by Ubisoft’s own affirmation of the matter. The company’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, went on to state that a new game in the acclaimed franchise would only be launched when it was ready. They were not taking a break per se, but were keen to utilize the extra time required to focus on the direction of the series. Indeed, some titles among the most recent ones failed to live up to the expectations of the public, but it was not for the lack of trying. Ubisoft has incorporated a host of different settings and timelines for the games, but the pressure of releasing a brand new title on a yearly basis was bound to catch up with them. So Guillemot’s announcement, while not a happy one, was far from being disappointing. The only problem was that nobody knew when a new game would come out.
But shortly after this, a deluge of rumors and legitimate looking leaks started dropping every now and then. In 2016 itself, an image leak that surfaced online seemed to demonstrate the game in progress, but what made it even more interesting were the details that suggested the setting.
The image, featuring the Assassin’s Creed logo at the top right, showcased the prototype versions of an Egyptian pyramid in development. At this point, it was already heavily rumored that the game was being taken to Egypt, and the leaked image supported that. However, at the time, the title of the upcoming game was rumored to be Assassin’s Creed Empire. But as most would know, title changes over the course of production is not that uncommon. There wasn’t much else to go by in the following months, but 2017 seems to have hit the leaks goldmine. And thanks to the numerous reports that have surfaced recently, we have a fair amount of idea about the nature of Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Assassin’s Creed Origins: What To Expect
A Prequel in Egypt: All the inside information that we have got hold of in the past few days do not limit themselves to the title alone. In fact, if sources are to be believed (which is hard not to under the circumstances), the follow up to 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will not be a sequel at all, but a prequel. This seems like an obvious conclusion from the title of the upcoming game, but sources have indeed stated that the new game will go back to explore the roots of the story with a special focus on the original Assassin’s Guild. What is particularly interesting is that this piece of information falls in line with the developer leak from last year which clearly showed pyramids under development. But that’s not all; the latest Reddit leak also subtly substantiate this fact.
If you look at the image, all you can really see at first glance is a character, gender unspecific, armed with a bow and arrow with a shield slung on his back. However, if you look closely, you will see that the image has been clicked from a computer monitor and it appears to be actual in-game material. A mission name and certain instructions also appear, and although the text is blurry, the mission title, “Assassinate the Crocodile,” can be seen clearly. Below that, the text reads “Follow Shadya to Khenut’s villa,” and it doesn’t take long to connect the names to the rumored new location for Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Story and Characters: As we have already stated in the section above, Assassin’s Creed Origins will take a look back at the roots of the story, and although we are yet unaware of how the original Assassins will be featured in the story, we do know that they will be of great importance. Not a lot is known about the characters, and it cannot really be determined if the one featured in the recent image is a woman or a man. Either is possible, as sources have confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Origins will have two characters- a man and a woman.
Other details about the narrative state that it will not follow an out and out linear progression, and instead weave together several strands in a more unconventional way. This makes more sense once we move on to the point below.
Gameplay Aspects: Assassin’s Creed Origins will be huge, sources have said, an possibly the biggest game the franchise has ever rolled out. In fact, the game will feature a massive open world structure and let the player exercise his individual decisions while playing it. Special emphasis will be on exploration, and while the main setting is said to be in Egypt, players will be able to travel to other locations as well. Boats will be of importance in travelling across waterways, and you can even end up on the other side of the Mediterranean in Greece. A case in point is presented in the leaked Reddit image itself, as we can see the character sailing on a sailboat. Naval combat will also play a big part.
Additionally, Assassin’s Creed Origins will not limit the player’s experience to one particular timeline either. One source tells WWG that a teaser video for the game showed to them may have begun with ancient Egyptian locations, but it soon went on to show a host of different locations and timelines, including “an Asian country, WW2 era France, and a modern day Abstergo Industries facility.”
It looks like the developers’ promise of reworking the game’s direction has been taken very seriously.
This is all that we have for now on the game, but do keep in mind that the developers have not yet confirmed anything. But the report further hints that we may not have to wait too long to hear about them. Check out the Assassin’s Creed Origins Release Date section for more information.
Assassin’s Creed Origins Trailer
Ubisoft is yet to give us an official look at the upcoming game, and all that we have seen so far, no matter how authentic they look, are all leaks. But the fact that they have been corroborated by others within the company give us the confidence that the finished product may not be too different. So while we don’t have a trailer for now, it may not be too long to arrive. This section will be duly updated.
Assassin’s Creed Origins Release Date
It sounds like Assassin’s Creed Origins will be released sometime later during this year, with a big reveal coming up during this year’s E3. The matter of platform support is not known yet, but we imagine it would be made available for the Windows PC, Xbox One, and PS4 like its 2015 predecessor.
During its long run as one of Ubisoft’s bestselling franchises, Assassin’s Creed has gone through a whole lot of ups and downs. But whether or not we loved some of the more recent games, we have to say that the franchise has been impossible to ignore. In the past, the games have taken us across several different locations and times in history over the titles, but with the game currently in the works, the plan seems to be a little different. If all the reports are true, then we are looking at what could be one of the biggest and most successful titles of 2017. And if you liked Ubisoft’s 2016 hacker-action title Watch Dogs 2, you can read about what we think of the prospect of a sequel.