After taking a year out from Assassin’s Creed, has Ubisoft done enough to bring the people back to the shadows? We’re not sure, but it certainly looks promising.

First, I will state that I am a little biased as I’m a huge Assassin’s Creed fan. I own every game in the series and enjoy them all. As a whole, the franchise has cemented itself as my favorite video game series of all time. I even went as far as to get inked last year with a huge AC logo on my arm. So needless to say, I am looking forward to AC Origins. Forget the bugs. Forget the repetitive gameplay. The thing that keeps me coming back to Assassin’s Creed is the story.

Development on Origins began in 2014 as soon as Ubisoft Montreal finished Black Flag. When first “leaked,” a prequel to the original Assassin’s Creed sounded interesting. I felt it started the Assassins versus Knights Templar story just fine. The way they used present day with ancestral past created an intriguing back-and-forth, and layering up storytelling in that way sucked me in and I ended really enjoying it. While people may scoff at the franchise, there’s some deep fiction there. The search for the Pieces of Eden and dealing with the destruction of an entire ancient civilization are what drives the initial story. This also drives it for the original game and subsequent Assassin’s Creed 2 Trilogy.

With Origins, it seems the focus is on the creation of the Assassins and their first dealings with the Templars. It’ll be interesting to watch the series’ beginnings unfold. You’re playing as Bayek, a Medjay, as he works to protect his people across the country of Egypt. Origins is slated to be entirely open-world and completely explorable as expected. They have even announced the return of naval battles, and a personal favorite, tomb raiding.

The new combat mechanics, along with the underwater abilities, are going to delight old fans and hopefully reel in new ones too.

I was lucky enough to play the Assassin’s Creed Origins demo at E3 this year, and as a long-time fan of the series, I was impressed. The new combat mechanics, along with the underwater abilities, are going to delight old fans and hopefully reel in new ones too. This is mostly because combat is made more challenging now that enemies simply won’t ‘wait their turn’ anymore. Needless to say, I haven’t been excited for a video game release for a long time. The slick special edition may even warrant a pre-order from a seasoned fan like myself.

I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to Overwatch and PUBG for a few weeks. Consider this a sacrifice to the Egyptian Gods, in return for finally letting me roam their land as an Assassin. I do believe this new edition will breathe new life into the Assassin’s Creed series. It’s definitely a step in the right direction for Ubisoft.

Look out for more content on Assassin’s Creed Origins when it releases on October 27, 2017.

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