Prior to its reveal, I got the chance to try two very different Assassin’s Creed Origins demos. The game has been in development for three and a half years, by the same team that developed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and it’s clear from the onset that the team has used the extra time to reinvent the franchise and push it in a much fresher direction.
The first demo I played let me wander around the open-world of the Faiyum region. I was told that I was playing on an Xbox One X unit and that the game would render in dynamic 4K when gamers chose to play on Xbox One X with a compatible 4K TV.Spawning into the world on my horse, it immediately felt like Assassin’s Creed but this is where the similarities ended (for the most part). The world of Origins is obviously huge. Whilst I could only explore a certain part of the map, it’s very much clear that the game is set in an entire country rather than just a few regions and cities. The scale here is much bigger than any other Assassin’s Creed game.
I began exploring the ancient ruins of Egypt and immediately discovered a vast variety of wildilfe. This is one of the biggest game-changing features about the world in this new installment. Like Far Cry and Horizon Zero Dawn, you’ll come across all kinds of wildlife. For the most part, they’re going about their everyday routine. This is until you choose to attack them.