Ubisoft just posted the launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Origins on YouTube, and it’s a gorgeous trailer. With a release in just a few days, anticipation for the sequel has reached a fever pitch. Normally an annual franchise, Ubisoft skipped a main Assassin’s Creed release in 2016 to address fan complaints about the series and revamp the standard formula.

As the name implies, Assassin’s Creed: Origins takes you back to the beginning of the Assassin Order, as well as the founding of the Templars, the series’ long running antagonists. The standard Assassin’s Creed formula has a new coat of paint, including a new RPG leveling system, the removal of the mini-map, and the ability to control an eagle flying overhead to scout targets.

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The Origins launch trailer hits all the major notes. It briefly showcases the story, some gameplay, and gives you a glimpse into Ancient Egypt, the new setting. We get a glimpse of some of the things we can expect to do in an open world Egypt, such as riding chariots, scaling the Sphinx, naval combat, and pre-order bonuses. Yes, this is a Ubisoft game after all.

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This is just a launch trailer however, so it’s more about setting the mood for the game rather than informing players about new gameplay features. As a result, there isn’t any actual gameplay in sight here. Rather, it’s more a series of cutscenes and scripted events showing what the gameplay will be like. Still, it does a good job of setting up Origins and getting you hyped for not only the game, but where the franchise will go from here.

This is a big deal for Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed. The franchises’ name has been dragged through the mud lately, with the failure of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the box office bomb of the Assassin’s Creed movie, and people are growing tired of Ubisoft’s reliance on loot boxes, microtransactions, and pre-order bonuses. After publicly admitting they didn’t like where the franchise was heading and vowing to take a year off to fix the issues, Origins needs to bring a breath of fresh air to the franchise. It’s going to have to compete with a slate of huge releases as well, including Call of Duty: World War II, Star Wars Battlefront II, Super Mario Odyssey, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to name a few.

Still, after taking 2016 off for new game releases, it’s hard to imagine Origins won’t sell like hot cakes. With a new setting and the return of naval combat, a fan favorite, Assassin’s Creed: Origins will probably do just fine.  And with promised free content in the future, like a combat free museum mode, fans will have plenty to look forward.

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins arrives this Friday, October 27 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Xbox One X enhanced version will be available November 7.

Source: Ubisoft

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