Assassin’s Creed Origins has received a mixed reaction, ever since the first gameplay trailer was shown on the Microsoft conference of E3. Some fans praised the new setting and combat system, while others criticized how Ubisoft was reusing features from other games, like the Eagle basically being the drone from Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The one thing that got everyone’s attention was the giant snake that the character fought, a jarring addition to the mostly realistic series, future mishaps withstanding.
During an interview with Game Informer, the developers assured fans that there isn’t any weird fantasy stuff being added, rather they’re just using Egypt’s mystic background to it’s full potential. “AC is a very credible experience and we firmly commit to that, we don’t jump the shark. But we’re in Egypt, and it has a lot of mysticism around it, and we wanted to find a way to bring that to the experience. What I will say is that people will understand it when they experience it – don’t worry, we’re not breaking the credibility. It’s justified, we don’t randomly throw fantasy stuff into the experience that’s not explained.”
In fairness, Assassin’s Creed has dabbled with science fiction in previous games, so adding a bit of fantasy wouldn’t hurt the series too badly. PC Games N is theorizing that the giant snake will be a dream sequence in Assassin’s Creed Origins, which is very likely. It could also be an illusion, though we will eventually find out when the game is released later this year.
After taking a year off, Ubisoft will be releasing Assassin’s Creed Origins on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year, on October 27. There are a number of special editions available for pre-order, so hardcore fans of the series may want to save up and get them.