Ubisoft brought the newest installment of its Assassin’s Creed franchise to the Xbox E3 stage this year. Assassin’s Creed Origins, as rumors and leaks have suggested for months, is set in Egypt and will follow the – you guessed it – origins of the Brotherhood. The protagonist is Bayek, an “Egyptian sheriff” of sorts, protecting his community of Siwa, according to the creative director, Jean Guesdon. You can check out the footage shown on stage below:
The game’s reportedly been in development since before production on the last title in the series, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, began. While it was admittedly a step above the troubled launch of 2014’s AC Unity, Syndicate failed to grab consumers in the way previous installments had. Of course, this resulted in Ubi letting the series rest for a year (minus the Fassbender-led film, obviously). Removing AC from its annual release schedule seems to have done wonders, as far as the trailer is concerned. It’s visually stunning and the combat looks smoother than ever, though a bit on the hefty side of things.
Also new to the franchise is the ability to control an actual eagle. While summoned, the bird can scope out enemies and objects for the player from above. Whether or not this replaces the familiar “eagle vision” remains to be seen.
Had you lost faith in the franchise and are now considering giving it another chance? Let us know in the comments below. Assassin’s Creed Origins launches on PS4, Xbox One (all of them), and PC October 27.