Sep 14 2017 - 2:45 pm

Assassin’s Creed: Origins launches Oct. 27—here’s everything you need to know

The 10th major installment in the free-running, open-world series is almost here!
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It’s hard to believe that Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the 10th major installment in the free-running, open-world series. The franchise first graced consoles back in 2007 and introduced gamers to an immersive yet somewhat repetitive world to explore. Since then, the series has seen its fair share of hits (Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag) and misses (Assassin’s Creed: Revelations) with some fans getting frustrated with the lack of innovation when it came to the game engine.

So as Assassin’s Creed: Origins approaches and we brace ourselves for the influx of trailers and special edition announcements, here’s everything you need to know before picking up the game.

Release Date

Assassin's Creed: Origins is receiving a worldwide release on Oct. 27 in both digital and retail stores.

Platforms

Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a multi-platform release with Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows all receiving day one versions. There are seven editions available to pre-order; the Deluxe Edition, the Gold Edition, the Gold Steelbook, the God’s edition, the Dawn Collector, and the Legendary Collector. Every version, if pre-ordered comes with the exclusive Secrets of the Pyramids bonus mission.

The Deluxe Edition

Assassin’s Creed: Origins - Deluxe Edition costs $69.99 and gets you the following extras:

  • Ambush at Sea Mission
  • Bonus Ability Points (3)
  • Desert Cobra Pack:
  • Desert Cobra Outfit
  • Legendary Snake Shield
  • Fangs Horse Companion
  • 2 Weapons:
  • Eye of Apep
  • Fang Sickle Sword
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The Gold Edition

Assassin’s Creed: Origins - Gold Edition costs $99.99 and it comes with the all important season pass, plus everything in the Deluxe Edition:

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Gold Steelbook Edition

This is where the price starts to take leaps as the Assassin’s Creed: Origins - Gold Steelbook edition will cost you a mean $109.99. If you think that’s pricey then hold on—we are just getting started. The Gold Steelbook Edition gives you everything in the Gold Edition but wraps it up in a tasteful steelbook.

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God’s Collector Edition

The God’s Collector Edition adds a fine statue to the package. But be warned: Ot removes the season pass. Here’s what you get in the edition as well as the statue:

  • Everything from the Deluxe Edition
  • 10.2" Bayek figurine
  • Map
  • Art Book
  • Official Soundtrack
  • Comes in a collectable box
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Dawn Collector Edition

If the God’s Collector Edition was not enough for you, then you can always invest in the Dawn Collector Edition. Retailing at $159.99, the Dawn Collector edition DOES come with the season pass as well as a host of other goodies for the Assassin’s Creed fan:

  • Everything from the Gold Steelbook Edition
  • Season Pass
  • Art Book
  • Map
  • Art Cards
  • Official Soundtrack
  • 14.5" Bayek Figurine
  • Bayek's Eagle Amulet
  • Packaged in collectible box (white)
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Legendary Collector Edition

There are a few individuals in this world who can be casual with their money. It’s only that freedom to be eccentric that could lead someone to purchase the $799.99 Legendary edition. That amount of cash will get you the following:

  • Everything from the Gold Steelbook Edition
  • Season Pass
  • Map
  • Art Book
  • Art Cards
  • Official Soundtrack
  • Another Steelbook
  • 28.7" Bayek Figurine
  • Premium Eagle Skull Amulet
  • 4 Lithographs (15" x 11")
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Packaged in collectible box (blue)
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Story

Egypt was teased as a location back in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.

Set in Ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period, Origins will follow the story of Bayek, a Medjay (military personnel and protector) as he works to protect the region and his people from threats. The antagonists in Assassin’s Creed games are usually an offshoot of the Templar regime. In Origins, you are fighting a secret cabal who believe the world is better off if order is imposed. Sound familiar? Well, yes. That’s because this cabal will eventually become the Templar order, which is an evolution I can’t wait to see over the course of the game.

The chance to play the story of Assassins vs Templars from the start should be enough to get fans of the series excited. The origin of the feud has only been explained briefly in previous iterations of the game.

Gameplay

Assassin’s Creed fans can expect a significant shift in gameplay and controls when the game is released Oct. 27. After the lackluster launch of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot felt a change was necessary, ending the yearly cycle of new Assassin’s games. This meant Ubisoft Montreal could focus primarily on AnvilNext, the engine that powers Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

Origins plays in the third-person perspective with the free-roam world now complemented by a completely revamped combat system inspired by the “hit-box” system from games like The Witcher. This means that when players wield weapons, they will strike at whatever is in range, allowing them to damage enemies directly. Plus, it encourages varying strategies as individual limbs on enemies can be targeted.

The second biggest change to the game is the addition of Senu, Bayek’s eagle companion. Senu doesn’t replace the viewpoint system of yore but acts as a precursor to the tradition of Eagle Vision. According to game director Ashraf Ismail, the addition of Senu as a "viewpoint-esque companion" allows the classic element of AC to remain “but with a different taste."

Assassin’s Creed: Origins will launch on Oct. 27.



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