This coming October will mark a series of firsts for the Assassin’s Creed brand. It will be the first time a game takes place in the country of Egypt. This October will also mark the debut of a new hero, Bayek. Lastly, this marks the first time gamers will see a married assassin.
In Assassin’s Creed Origins, Bayek and Aya are married, though Aya is not part of the same magi order that Bayek is part of. The two will share a life and interplay throughout the events of Origins. Ubisoft is making big promises for how their relationship will give life to the Assassins Brotherhood.
From the gameplay I’ve seen thus far with the two being featured, gamers will notice strong personalities for each character. The relationship between Bayek and Aya pairs nicely with the story Origins is telling. Director Ashraf Ismail told We Write Things about inspiration for the story of their marriage.
“Early on when we had the setting of Egypt, we wanted to tell a big story that was very important to [Assassin’s Creed]. We thought about what the best lens was to tell this [story] in. How can we create something we haven’t done before? Aya’s character was there from very early on. Along with Bayek, we wanted to tell a relationship story that was two people that love one another, have very strong emotions from one another but look at each other from different perspectives,” Ismail said.
Conflict is common in a story with two characters that possess strong wills. Surely there will be a squabble here or there between the two, but how Ubisoft resolves it will be interesting. Ismail spoke further about the relationship between Aya and Bayek, and how they relate to the brotherhood.
“It wasn’t a blood bond. It was two people who love one another, but have different aspirations and points of view. There was this marriage happening during a very critical time period. Somehow that combined with their relationship, the way they look at life and the tensions this brings is what gives birth to the brotherhood. The brotherhood is the output of these two people. We wanted to show a relationship that was tense on every level. We felt that gave us a lot of depth and more intrigue in the story,” Ismail said.
With the setting of ancient history at their disposal, Ubisoft will have plenty of depth to explore with this story. Whether its historical characters or Aya and Bayek themselves, intrigue will be at the heart of the experience. Assassin’s Creed Origins launches Oct. 27 for Xbox One X, Xbox One, PS4 Pro, PS4 and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more from our chat with Ismail.