It's a busy day for the team at Ubisoft Montreal as they announced a new "Discovery Tour" mode for Assassin's Creed Origins
in addition to a hieroglyphics research project and a developer Q&A about the game.
One of the Assassin's Creed
series' more unique draws is that their worlds allow for pseudo-historical tourism. While the games are obviously fictional, players can interact with people and places that have existed in actual history. With the announcement of the "Discovery Tour" mode, Ubisoft is aiming to add a bit more fact to their fiction.
This mode, which will launch early next year, will allow players to roam freely through Ubisoft's version of Egypt with no combat, storyline or time constraints to worry about. While this mode will allow the player to just run and climb to their heart's content, which would be a much-welcomed mode by itself, it will also offer an educational benefit with the mode offering dozens of guided tours that have been curated by historians and Egyptologists.
The partnership between Ubisoft and historians is not just going to be in the game either, with Ubisoft also announcing the Hieroglyphics Initiative. Working closely with Google, this project will attempt to use machine learning to help translate hieroglyphics, which will allow historians to potentially learn a lot more about the time period. While this initiative may not have any effect on the game, it is nice to see a big publisher like Ubisoft not just attempt profit from a setting, but also give back in some way too.
In the final piece of Assassin's Creed Origins
news, Matthew Zagurak, the associate narrative director for the game, took some time to answer some player questions. While the title of the video does say "Story and Narrative", it's fair to say that this one focuses on the Order of the Ancients faction.
Assassin's Creed Origins
will launch on Xbox One on October 27th with the Discovery Tour mode coming early next year. Are there any other games in which you'd like to see a similar free-roam mode? Tell us below!