Assassin’s Creed: Origins Education Mode Coming 2018
No narrative, no combat, just you and Ancient Egypt.
I remember playing Assassin’s Creed II, after being utterly charmed by Ezio’s accent and smoulder, wandering the interior of Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. I had learned about the church only a few years prior in my Art History course and found it positively wild to see it so well re-created in a video game.
Now I could truly see my favourite church up close without actually going there and it was incredible. I could climb to see details a photograph never would have been able to give me. Perspectives that could never be achieved even with the best 360˚ tour.
According to VentureBeat, Ubisoft is going to make such experiences into something more official. For the upcoming game, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Ubisoft will be releasing Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt. This is the educational mode for the game, where you can quite literally wander about Ubisoft’s sprawling open world. No narrative, no combat, just you and Ancient Egypt.
There are guided tours if you wish to partake in them, all within the regions of the game. This currently includes Alexandria, Memphis, the Nile Delta, the Great Sand Sea, the Giza plateau, the Faiyum Oasis, and everything in between. Some of the example tours given focus on the pyramids, mummification, and even the life and times of Cleopatra herself. The latter being the time period in which Origins takes place.
The Discovery Tour version of Assassin’s Creed: Origins will be available sometime in early 2018. It will be a free update for all systems, the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The original game, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, will be arriving in a few weeks on October 27, 2017.
Judging by the image Ubisoft shared to show what Discovery Tour looks like, it might not be for all ages. At least wait long enough until they can understand the word “evisceration” without having nightmares about it later.