If you’ve played Assassin’s Creed, you’re probably familiar with the concept of exploring historically accurate timelines and also interacting with actual figures from history. Be it Ancient Rome or industrial era London, chances are that you’re playing an actual part of history.
Learning from our past
With the latest iteration of the franchise, players get the chance to explore ancient Egypt and learn the many secrets there and even the origin of the assassins themselves. Now the problem arises that Assassin’s Creed Origins involves assassination and sneaking around. That is pretty much the basis of the game.
This, in turn, makes it a not so suitable game for your younger siblings or even children. But what if you could explore ancient Egypt without killing anybody? Well, that’s precisely what Ubisoft is doing.
Explore Ancient Egypt with Assassin’s Creed Origins
The company behind Assassin’s Creed Origins released a new mode for the game. Called the “discovery tour”, this is a completely separate mode that strips away all the violence of the game. Rather, the discovery tour aims to provide a more educational look at the ways of ancient Egypt where the game takes place. Think of going through one of those guided audio tours, but you also get the chance to climb a pyramid or ride a boat on the Nile.
It’s like Assassin’s Creed Origins but different
The Discovery tour kicks off on the same virtual environment as Assassin’s Creed Origins minus most of the video game elements such as combat, leveling up and collectibles. With an opening message, you can explore the origins of the city of Alexandria.
By means of a golden path, you can visit places of interest and learn more about them via the in-game narrator. You can also learn about how developers at Ubisoft recreated portions of the game and the level of details the developers went into to make it realistic as well.
Once the initial tour ends, you are given the freedom to go wherever you want to. While exploring, you can even come across more than 70 guided tours covering an immense landscape such as life in ancient Egypt, construction of the pyramids and the lives of influential people such as Cleopatra. If you want, you can even act as Bayek, who is the main character in Assassin’s Creed Origins. If you want more, you can also act as Julius Caesar or Cleopatra.
It’s not just a boring history class anymore
Assassin’s Creed Origins joins the list of a number of other games that have educational components. For example, there’s a version of Minecraft aimed at school children. We too saw this with Microsoft’s Hour of Code some time ago. Civilization V also released a mod for high school students.
Unlike these though, Assassin’s Creed Origins offers those interested an exploration rich environment coupled with an extremely detailed world, courtesy of the developers at Ubisoft. So it doesn’t feel like a boring history lesson. Think of it as a chance to explore the wonders of ancient Egypt and learn about it at your own pace.