Why do the people who take the leaked photos always suck at taking a steady shot? Leaked by Reddit user shoutouttoashraf (a username in reference to Ashraf Ismail, a Ubisoft developer that worked on AC: Black Flag), a photo of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Origins reveals clues to the gameplay and storyline. The photo is of the same sword, shield, bow, and arrows bearing assassin as from the previous leak, standing on a longboat.
According to Eurogamer, it has been confirmed that Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the proper name of the game and it is indeed a prequel to the rest of the games. It will be out later this year on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. This image has not yet been confirmed, but it seems most outlets are quite confident due to its similarities with other leaks. I couldn’t agree more, as these kind of increasing leaks mean an announcement is probably coming very soon.
That said, let’s take a closer look at this picture. First of all, riding a boat probably means the main mechanic of Black Flag is back and we’ll be taking down ships for loot and maybe just to set them on fire. The assassin’s costume is reminiscent of ancient Egyptian depictions, though that large tower in the background is less iconic of that time period. The game is supposed to be set in Egypt, but it is possible the main character travels between continents, just as they do in other games.
The missions at the top left of the screen are by far the most interesting, however. They state “assassinate the crocodile” and “follow Shadya to Khenut’s villa.” Crocodile is likely in reference to either Ammit or Sobek of the ancient Egyptian gods, or someone who takes on their traits. Usually a Pharaoh (in this case, the husband of Khenut, Unas) may be referred to by his or her patron god, but Unas was more likely associated with Ra and Osiris.
Not much is known about Unas, though he did reign for approximately 15-20 years during a state of economic decline for Egypt. Despite this, he did build the smallest of the pyramids during that time period. Even less is known about his wife, Khenut, though Unas did apparently have many mistresses. All of whom he had at least one child with.
There is certainly a lot for Ubisoft to play around with, as they are not known for being historically accurate in any way. But the nonetheless, ancient Egypt was rife with enough revenge, betrayal, murder, and scandal that would make Henry VIII look like a nice guy.
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