Today, Ubisoft has revealed that a new game mode called Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt will be coming to Assassin’s Creed Origins in a free update for the game early next year.
Discovery Tour is meant to be educational and teaches players more about the world of Ancient Egypt that they will be spending countless hours in within the main game. Players will be allowed to traverse around various environments and will be able to interact with many items and other structures that will contain detailed, historical descriptions about pertaining to the specific object. Think of it as almost like a museum, if you will.
A more detailed description of this game mode courtesy of Ubisoft is as follows:
In this dedicated mode, players can free roam the entire interactive 3D recreation of Ancient Egypt in Assassin’s Creed Origins, free of combat, storyline or time constraints. From Alexandria to Memphis, the Nile Delta to the Great Sand Sea, the Giza plateau to the Faiyum Oasis, players can immerse themselves like never before in the rich history of Ancient Egypt. Discovery Tour will offer dozens of guided tours curated by historians and Egyptologists, each with a focus on a different aspect of Ptolemaic Egypt, such as the Great Pyramids, mummification or the life of Cleopatra.
Jean Guesdon, the creative director on Assassin’s Creed Origins, spoke about why he and the team wanted to implement this mode into the game with the following statement:
“From the beginning, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has always explored pivotal moments in history, from the Third Crusade to the Italian Renaissance, and this year Ancient Egypt. It’s a dream come true for us to offer Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, an educational mode built specifically for people to learn more about the incredible history of Ancient Egypt through the interactive experience made possible via a video game.”
As someone who saw some early footage of Discovery Tour last week, the concept seems quite unique and is unlike anything else I can remember seeing in a triple-A game. For those that really love the historical aspects of the Assassin’s Creed games and are always looking to educate themselves a bit more, Discovery Tour will be right up your alley.
While Discovery Tour won’t arrive until early 2018, Assassin’s Creed Origins itself is nearly upon us and will release next month on October 27 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.