Ubisoft's Assassin’s Creed series has always contained a wealth of history, with real-world people like Edward “Blackbeard” Thatch taking part in the action and real-world events like the Boston Massacre unfolding in front of your eyes. But the next installment in the series, Assassin’s Creed Origins, will put history in the limelight with its “Discovery Tour.”
According to Ubisoft, “Separate from the main game, Discovery Tour annotates the game world with dozens of interactive tours curated by historians and Egyptologists. Each focuses on a different subject, including the Great Pyramids, the life of Cleopatra, mummification, and more.”
This educational mode will be combat-free, so you can’t stealth-kill the curators (although we’re certain some enterprising would-be assassins want to try). It also turns off the combat system entirely, so players can take in the areas of Memphis, Alexandria, the Sand Sea, and the Giza Plateau without the game getting in the way of history.
As AC players know, in a game full of mayhem — some of which you personally cause — it’s wonderful to take a quiet moment between murders and enjoy a painting. True, we love to take a Leap of Faith, use Eagle mode, and stab stab stab. But now we can stab stab stab and learn about mummification. It’s a win-win.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be released on Oct. 27. The Discovery Tour drops in early 2018 as a free update.