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New Assassin’s Creed Origins trailer introduces ancient Egypt

Explore the sands of a time long, long ago

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Assassin’s Creed Origins takes place in ancient Egypt, thousands of years before every other Assassin’s Creed game, and Ubisoft showed a new trailer at its E3 2017 press briefing to give people glimpses at the sandy setting.

Open-world gaming is a foundational element of the Assassin’s Creed series, and the environment of Origins looks massive. Great pyramids, sculptures of deities, rocky cliffs, reedy swamps are all on display in the trailer. There are plenty of animals, too, including lions, horses, gazelles, a crocodile and even a hippopotamus. We get a look at life in ancient Egypt: farmers, religious leaders, sailing.

Ubisoft officially announced Origins during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press briefing yesterday afternoon, although the game had been leaked numerous times by that point.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is scheduled to be released Oct. 27 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It will run at 4K resolution on Xbox One X and PC.