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Assassin’s Creed Origins Release Date, Our Impressions, Xbox One X Gameplay, Gold Edition Pre-Order, Protagonist, Ancient Egypt Setting - Everything We Know

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Origins looks set to take players back to Ancient Egypt, in the oldest setting for the series yet. Release date, setting, characters and more all revealed.

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After taking the year off in 2016, Assassin’s Creed is slated to be back towards the end of 2017, with Assassin’s Creed Origins reportedly taking the franchise to Ancient Egypt. This page will round up every bit of information surrounding the game, including the Assassin's Creed Origins release date, setting, and collector’s editions. We’ll be updating this post as the game's release date approaches, so keep checking back for the latest news.

Whereas past Assassin’s Creed games have had the player running across the rooftops of London, or scaling the buildings of the Vatican, the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins look set to take players back to the Ancient Egyptian era.

Assassin’s Creed Origins Essential Information

  • Release Date: October 27, 2017
  • Platforms: Xbox One X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, PC
  • Price: TBC Full Price
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft (Previously created: Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, Far Cry, Rainbow Six Siege, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon)

Assassin's Creed Origins Release Date

Assassin's Creed Origins was officially unveiled for the first time at Microsoft's E3 2017 presentation, where the game was shown to be running in 4K on the Xbox One X. The Assassin's Creed Origins release date was announced as October 27, 2017, and the protagonist Bayek was revealed - a lawman in ancient Egypt seeking revenge.

Assassin's Creed Origins Gamescom CGI Trailer

E3 Reveal, Xbox One X Gameplay Footage

When the first gameplay of Assassin's Creed Origins was shown, it was running on the Xbox One X, in 4K and at 30 frames per second. The game will take full advantage of the available power in the console, but we're yet to see it running on either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4/Ps4 Pro.

So far we've seen several more RPG mechanics featured in Assassin's Creed Origins, including level requirements for quests, and levelled gear and items, including a levelled horse with a speed rating. There's also a main skill tree in the game, which the player can use to progress in three directions, towards Master Warrior, Master Hunter, and Master Seer.

It's possible to put points towards all three skill branches, as committing to one won't lock you out of the others. We've also seen Bayek diving underwater to reach treasures, as well as calling in his eagle, Senu, when in close enough proximity to one of this targets, in order to pinpoint their location. The player is in full control of Senu when they summon the eagle, being able to guide him around the nearby map, with a bird’s-eye view of the ground below.

Combat was shown and has a number of interesting mechanics. When jumping you can use slow motion aiming with the bow, and better weapons can be acquired when dropped by defeated enemies. Dodging enemy attacks seems to play a big part in combat, and finishing moves were briefly glimpsed during the E3 presentation.

Below you can see the Assassin’s Creed Origins reveal trailer.

This is gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Origins captured running on Xbox One X.

Assassin’s Creed Origins Side Missions

IGN recently published a video detailing one of the side mission of Assassin's Creed Origins, which you can see for yourself just below. Further down, we've taken some key points that the video tells us about Assassin's Creed Origins.

  • Side missions can take supposedly anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.
  • In this side quest, Bayek unwittingly stumbles upon a geographer who's lost his notes, and becomes embroiled in a quest to help him out.
  • Bayek stumbles upon a bandit camp, one of many out in the open world that pose a challenge to the player.
  • You can enter 'investigation zones' in quests, where the Animus will give you clues around the environment to find and analyse.
  • You can leave quests like the one in the video at any point, and return to it again later without failing the quest, like you would have done in past Assassin's Creed games.
  • Bayek can use his torch to light dark areas, but also to set arrows on fire, as well as distract guards.
  • An unscripted desert sandstorm moves in partway through the demo which, although avoided by Bayek, would have reduced visibility and movement for the player.
  • By aiming at an enemy with Bayek's bow, you can see how much damage to the health bar the arrow will do. Moving from the body to the head increases damage.
  • Haycart dives are back once again in Assassin's Creed Origins, just in case there was any doubt.
  • One ability that you can unlock for Bayek is the ability to slow down time after you headshot an enemy with the bow, as long as you keep the bow drawn. This is useful for getting out of tricky situations, if you're about to be discovered.
  • You can gain ability points outside of combat and levelling up, through discovering old scripture within Pyramids.

Our Impressions of Assassin's Creed Origins

We recently went hands-on with Assassin's Creed Origins at E3 2017, shortly after the game was first revealed. Here are a few of our impressions after spending a short while with the game.

  • The Eagle Vision ability has gone, and Ubisoft has replaced this with literal vision from an eagle. Bayek can summon Senu, his eagle, in order to scout out an area and reveal any hidden assassination targets.
  • Combat has been reworked so you now have light attack on the right bumper, heavy attack on the right trigger, your left trigger is your ranged weapon, and the left bumper is used for a shield.
  • You'll need a bigger weapon for bigger enemies, as you'll need a stronger weapon to knock shield away, but you can afterwards follow up with a smaller weapon on your staggered opponent.
  • Dodging doesn't require any stamina, so you can theoretically dodge forever, evading enemy attacks for as long as possible.
  • Boats are everywhere on the rivers in Assassin's Creed Origins, and Bayek can swim underwater for the first time in the series to stealthily reach boats and take everyone on board by surprise.
  • The landscape in Assassin's Creed Origins is teeming with wildlife, as well as NPCs that constantly react to you, as guards will dispose of their comrades that you kill.

Digital Foundry Assassin's Creed Origins Xbox One X Impressions

Digital Foundry recently went hands-on with Assassin's Creed Origins on the Xbox One X. You can see all their impressions in the video just below, in which it's revealed that the game isn't running at native 4K, but does give off some positive impressions.

Assassin's Creed Origins Pre-Order Bonuses and Details

A pre-order card for the Gold Edition of Assassin's Creed Origins previously leaked from a Target store, indicating that we can expect an exclusive 'Secrets of the First Pyramids' mission with the Gold Edition. On top of this, a Deluxe Pack of unknown contents is included in the Gold Edition, as well as a Season Pass and a Steelbook, although the price for the Gold Edition currently isn't known.

Outside of this leak, a Dawn of the Creed Legendary Edition of Assassin's Creed Origins was announced by Ubisoft on the same day as their E3 2017 presentation.

The Legendary Edition costs $799.99, and only 999 units worldwide will be produced. The Dawn of the Creed Legendary Edition contains:

  • A 73cm resin statue of Bayek
  • The Collector's Certificate of Authenticity, numbered 1 to 999
  • A replica of Bayek's skull amulet in resin
  • Two Assassin's Creed Origins steelbooks
  • Four lithographs signed by Ubisoft artists

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Make sure to keep an eye on this page, as we'll be updating it with every new piece of information announced about Assassin's Creed Origins in the months running up to the release of the game.

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