Entertainingly, the game tipped to reinvigorate the series’ gameplay is also due to strip back all the new gameplay with the new Discovery Tour.
Ubisoft are shaking things up with the news that Assassin’s Creed: Origins will include a walking simulator (interactive story) mode where you learn about the real history of a group of gadget-wielding maniacs murdering their way through the ages.
OK, the Discovery Tour actually sounds pretty interesting, with a guided path through various subjects using the game world – with topics like the Great Pyramids, the Life of Cleopatra and mummification explored through exhibits and interactive content around the Egyptian landscape. The creative director for Assassin’s Creed Origins described the experience in their recent blog post:
“When you start to tour, you will have a path that will lead you from station to station, in order to learn more. For example, the mummification process, from the cleaning of the body to the removal of the organs, up to the ritual of the opening of the mouth. I hope that teachers will seize this opportunity to present that to their students, so they can learn with this interactive medium. We spent years recreating Ancient Egypt, documenting ourselves, validating the content with historians, with consultants, and we feel that many more people than just the players can benefit from that”.
It’s unusual but not unheard of for games to offer an “educational” mode – as shown by the success of Minecraft: Education Edition – however this seems to be a very different concept. This showcases specific educational content within an actual game (rather than adapting the building and collaborating mechanics for educational settings). While this isn’t amazing news for gamers directly, this broadening of the appeal and scope for modern games – breaking down divides in “traditional” entertainment and education media – which has great potential for the industry overall.
The game mode will be released separately from the main game, which is due for release on 27 October 2017 for PC, Xbox and PS4, and Ubisoft expect the Discovery Tour update to be released in early 2018 as a free update.