New Assassin's Creed: Origins pictures reveal/confirm the title, release date, and premise of the upcoming installment. The Assassin's Creed franchise has had an interesting few years. Gaming studio Ubisoft recently released new games Unity (2014) and Syndicate (2015) to mixed - but mostly positive - reviews and OK sales. Late last year, the franchise finally got its first movie adaptation, which unequivocally bombed. Though the franchise remains essential for countless gamers, it's been a rough ride for Animus users in recent years.
Ubisoft is hoping to turn all of that around with the release of a new installment in the series, called Assassin's Creed: Origins. The company teased the game's release last month, after a leaked screenshot from the series update drove fans wild. Now, it seems yet another leak is about to rile up even more fans of the combat-infused time travel title.
Thanks to Reddit, we can now confirm a lot of speculation surrounding the upcoming game. One user took to the forum to post pictures from a new issue of Game Informer magazine. These new images confirm the game's title, release date, and premise. It looks like Assassin's Creed: Origins will hit shelves this fall - October 27, to be exact - and focus on an Assassin working in ancient Egypt.
They're not the easiest images to read, but the tagline for the game appears to be: "As an empire falls, a brotherhood rises." The game's unknown protagonist stands atop what looks like a slightly dilapidated version of the Great Sphinx. Since previous information about the game indicated that it would take place around 2400 BCE, it looks like players will see Egypt as it transitions from the Old Kingdom period of rule into the First Intermediate Period. During the Old Kingdom, the Egyptians built the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx - which brings us back around to this newly discovered promo image.
Many don't know the intricacies of ancient Egyptian history, much less what marks its division into nearly ten different eras spanning millennia of history. It will be fantastic to see Assassin's Creed provide their signature immersive spin on this culture, though it could prove to be tricky territory, since historical debates still rage today as to what the ancient Egyptians even looked like. Hopefully this departure from European history - the franchise's first since Revelations, which peripherally depicted the Ottoman Empire - will give Assassin's Creed the fresh start it deserves.
It looks like Assassin's Creed: Origins will offer players a deeper look at one of the world's richest, most engaging slices of history. Let's just hope Michael Fassbender stays far, far away from this addition to the series.
Assassin's Creed: Origins hits shelves on October 27, 2017.