Assassin's Creed Origins is almost upon us, but there are still facets of the game we haven't heard about until now. In an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamesRadar), Origins creative director Ashraf Ismail revealed that you can tame animals. Assassin Bayek's eagle Senu is always available to you, but you can also tame lions, crocodiles, leopards, hyenas, and hippos.
"Hippos?" you say. "Hippos," I smugly nod. Hippopotamus are murderous creatures, the amphibious combat vehicles of the animal kingdom. Sure, you could tame a lion, but the lion can't swim. You could tame a crocodile, but if you're going to play the game of assassination, it's best to go big. Here's the Hippopotamus entry on Wikipedia.
"The hippopotamus is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal and is ranked among the most dangerous animals in the world."
That's how you go big.
"Taming animals is awesome, I've had some really amazing moments with it," Ismail said. "I'll give you a little story: at some point when we were testing the feature out, I had tamed the crocodile, and I ran off somewhere, and the crocs are pretty slow, they are not able to stay at your pace. Lions can, leopards can, hyenas can, and so on, but the crocodiles are a bit slower. So I left and I actually thought it bugged out and that the crocodile had lost its connection to me."
"So anyway, I continued playing and I was doing a quest. I was in the middle of a camp and I was actually getting in trouble, I was dying, effectively, my health was super low, and out of nowhere this giant croc just leaps out of the grass and takes out some of the guys I was fighting with," Ismail adds. "It was a really amazing moment, it felt so cool. So he was literally travelling the whole time just trying to catch up to me and it literally took him like 15 minutes to get to where I was. The feeling was super-cool and it stayed with me the whole time. So the animal taming is a lot of fun, and you can pretty much tame every predator type of animal, it's a cool ability."
Now think how much cooler that story would be with a hippo.
Assassin's Creed Origins is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 27, 2017.