Going back in time to earlier periods of human history is one of the more intriguing things a game can do. There are a number of brands that effectively capture what its like to live in another time period. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed is perhaps the greatest at illustrating what an ancient culture might have been like.
Coming later this year is Assassin’s Creed Origins, a new open-world set in the ancient lands of Egypt. The world Ubisoft is making is absolutely massive. It showcases many unique environments and locations for players to visit. Whether you’re on land or underwater, there’s plenty of secrets to uncover.
Ubisoft looks to honor what ancient Egypt was like and part of that includes the country’s ideals. As Ubisoft continues to show, there are secrets and hidden locations throughout Egypt. In an exclusive interview with We Write Things, Assassin’s Creed Origins producer Julien Laferriere talked about the bringing the wonders of Egypt to life.
“Egypt is full of mysteries. When you think of Egypt, it’s known for its mysticism and spirituality, so for us it was important to toe the line between real mystery and what is the fantasy of the time. We sort of blur the line a little bit. It’s a dreamier version of the game, which is important to the spirituality,” Laferriere said.
Secret tombs seem to be back from early indications of screenshots and gameplay footage. The Ezio trilogy prominently featured platforming tombs as a way for players to discover hidden rewards. It looks like Assassin’s Creed Origins may be taking a page out of Ezio’s playbook.
The world of Assassin’s Creed Origins is absolutely massive. Ubisoft says this is the biggest game ever for the franchise and I absolutely believe it. Maxime Durand, who is a franchise historian, talked about the team’s thought process when creating the world of Egypt.
“From the start we knew we wanted to cover the whole country. We knew we wanted to change the navigation system by adding Senu the eagle. Egypt is vast, we have a lot of biomes and they’re all very different. New cities like Memphis and Alexandria each have their own unique flavors by mixing Egyptian and Greek flavors.
“For us it was about trying to find the whole story of Egypt, which is [difficult]. It’s already 2,000 years old at the time of our game. Trying to understand who were the main characters is a must for this world. Finding ways to craft unique quests around this helps create interesting experiences,” Durand said.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will have plenty for gamers to do come this Oct. 27. Quests, secrets and rewards lie throughout Egypt for those who discover them. The game will make its debut on Xbox One X, Xbox One, PS4 Pro, PS4 and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for much more from our interview with Ubisoft.