Ubisoft has, time and time again, brought fantasy, excitement, and adrenaline-pumping thrills to years of gamers across the spectrum. Whether you’re a fan of any of their hit series such as Rainbow Six, Far Cry, or even Assassin’s Creed, there’s something to be loved in the skilled artwork and brilliant storytelling we’ve come to expect, as consumers and gamers, from the star developers on the Ubisoft team. But the question that always begs to be asked is ‘What’s next?’.
With the downward spiral of Assassin’s Creed’s success to tragedy of the resounding success of the Ezio series to the hit-or-miss fluff such as Unity and Black Flag, true patriots to the original Creed story lines and game play have cried foul for remake after remake. Where, originally, the series struck gold, the veins have been drying with each successive strike. So where did Ubisoft turn? The answer, it seems, may be found by looking to the past rather than the future; both in the eyes of the original fans and, less metaphorically, in the time of the series’ plot.
Ancient Egypt, the land of pharaohs, beastly deities, and a world controlled by the burning sun, the shifting sands, and the life-giving powers of the Nile; tell me, gamers: is this what you had in mind? Shifting its view back to the beginning of the Creed’s story, Assassin’s Creed Origins is set to make an unprecedented leap to the beginning of its roots. A prequel, even, to the original story of Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, it is set to explain the true ‘origins’ of the shadowy brotherhood that started it all. Promising everything from “stories as deep as the sands” to hundreds of different weapons available for use from swords to spears and bows, Ubisoft’s collective and metaphorical mouth has written quite the large check. Assassin’s Creed’s newest addition offers, as always, the chance to visit notable locations such as the tombs of Giza to the city of Memphis and beyond into the wilderness. Fighting everything in any shape and form from beasts to men, the trailers have many an excited fan titillating with anxiety at the release of the game. Could this finally be what we’ve begged for?
The new combat system has evolved. We didn’t ask for it, but it’s somewhat answered the prayers of many of the gamers. Centering, instead of timing, to a more realistic hit-box centered game, a shift noted by many other big names in gaming, Assassin’s Creed Origins is set to put the tactical mind to the test. Keeping in mind everything from positioning to timing to pinpoint accuracy alongside a new ‘adrenaline gauge’ that will allow players to execute exciting fatalities, this has the hints of the return to fame that the Creed series has needed. Different weapon rarities offer new and exciting ways to incapacitate the unknowing foe from knives to bows, spears, shields, and other peculiarities, the arsenal at the player’s fingertips has created more ways to play and enjoy your game, your way.
Though they’ve lost many of the original Creed fans, the intrepid team has pushed onward. Could it be that, this time, they’ve listened to the cries of the consumer?
Many of the older fans have expressed at least some interest in what’s to come of the newest in this line of games if only for the sake that they are going deeper into the birth of the Brotherhood. For the longest time, starting with Unity and trudging ever so slowly through the creation of Black Flag and Rogue, Ubisoft took a bold new step in another direction. ‘Rebuilding’ combat to make things more interactive and redoing story lines, they lost the original path that so many gamers had come to love. Though they claim to have rebuilt again, this time the game play trailers hint to something more familiar to the fan base from the way movement seems to work to the way the world feels. Though it’s not quite Ezio leaping the canals of Venice, it may feel as close as ever.
Will Assassin’s Creed Origins be enough to call back the masses as the original Brotherhood’s unending vigil once did? Be there to find out, October 27th, 2017. Take a look at the Official Assassin’s Creed Website for more information to this next installment to the AC series.