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Assassin’s Creed Origins zero-combat mode coming next year

Learning addition offers lectures and tours of ancient Egypt

Assassin’s Creed Origins - Bayek on camelback with Senu, with pyramids in background
Assassin’s Creed Origins protagonist Bayek admires pyramids on camelback while his trusty eagle, Senu, flies alongside him.
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An Assassin’s Creed Origins educational mode will be released in early 2018. Absent combat and action, it’s being designed to teach players about life in ancient Egypt.

“Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt” is due to be released as a free update for owners of Origins, which will debut Oct. 27 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

In Discovery Tour, players can travel around the game’s entire open world, visiting locations like Alexandria, Memphis and the Giza Plateau. They’ll see people working and animals going about their lives. Historians and Egyptologists also offer tours based on their own areas of expertise, including the Great Pyramids, mummification (see below) and the life of Cleopatra.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is set around the time of the reign of Cleopatra. The player is a kind of legal enforcer, who completes various missions as part of an overarching power struggle. Assassin’s Creed games are set in different historical periods, including Renaissance Italy, Revolutionary America and Industrial London.

Assassin’s Creed Origins: Discovery Tour mode - evisceration of bodies for mummification in ancient Egypt
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