There have been plenty of rumors about the new Assassin’s Creed, and a leaked copy of Game Informer magazine appeared on Reddit appears to confirm most of them, starting with the title, Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
The Egyptian setting is also confirmed, and we get a release date, which is October 27th.
Pre-orders will grant a mission titled The Secrets of the First Pyramids, and several editions will be offered.
The standard edition will be priced at the usual $59.99, the Deluxe Pack will come at $69.99, the Gold Edition will include Deluxe Pack and season pass, and cost $99.99. Last, but not least, if you’re willing to spend $109.99, you’ll get the Gold Steelbook Edition that will come with the Deluxe Pack, the season pass and a steelbook.
We also learn that development was begun before Assassin’s Creed Unity, and the game will come with a brand new combat system and AI. There won’t be a minimap, replaced by a compass at the top of the screen.
There won’t be a sprint button, and speed of movement will depend on pressure on the analog stick. The ability to crouch will also return. Eagle vision will also be included, but it highlights objects, not enemies.
The game takes place during the reign of Cleopatra, and it includes large and small cities, including Memphis and Alexandria. The NPC population will be affected by the day/night cycle, and will eat, sleep, and even “answer the call of nature.”
The player will be able to control an eagle, and climb every building in the game. Specific buttons for free running upwards or downwards have been removed. It’ll be possible to explore underwater areas and find treasures within ruins and sunken ships.
The revised combat and AI systems include enemies that don’t take turns to attack anymore, with battles that are more dependent on hit boxes. Fighting fills up an adrenaline gauge, and when the player presses both attack buttons at the same time (right shoulder and trigger), they deliver a powerful attack.
The leveling system will have a stat cap of 40, but visual customization won’t affect stats. It’ll be possible to improve specific parts of the protagonist’s gear via crafting. There are three ability trees, which are Seer, Warrior and Hunter.
The protagonist, named Bayek, is not the only playable character, but the other one is a secret for the moment. The same is said about details of the story.
There will be legendary items to loot, and blocked arrows can be taken and reused. The hidden blade, on the other hand, can be used only on weaker enemies. Gladiatorial battles in the arena will be included.
The game will include puzzles, but they will be more challenging and less simply based on switches.
Below you can see the cover of the magazine, alongside a spread with the release date and the special editions.
This isn’t the first E3 surprise possibly leaked by Game Informer, as a mysterious Bully 2 by Rockstar also briefly appears on the magazine’s site, even if the staff denied its authenticity afterwards.