There’s been an absolutely massive leak of information on Assassin’s Creed: Origins, detailing a bunch of gameplay details, info on the protagonist, naval antics, and a complete absence of towers.
The leak was sprung over on 4chan, which as sources go is about as trustworthy as Liar McLiar Face, so add salt to taste. Still, the information sounds legitimate enough, so let’s roll with what we have.
The first thing, and probably the most important, is that the original two leaks were both not accidents. The user claims Ubisoft controlled the release of both pictures, including the original leaked image from last year and the new one from last week showing the main character in a sailing boat. The image below is part of a mission that will be shown off during Ubisoft's E3 2017 press conference in June.
Secondly, climbing a tower in order to reach a vantage point and spot points of interests, unlockables, uncover the map, etc, is no longer a mechanic for Assassin’s Creed Origins. Instead, the player will have an eagle called Akhom. The eagle can be dispatched to spot things, although it can only travel a certain distance from the player. From the sounds of it, this is a mechanic which the Origins team has borrowed from Far Cry Primal.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is also apparently set between 1200 and 1400 BC, in Ancient Egypt and around the Eastern Mediterranean. There will be lots of tropical locales to visit, including islands, oases, and mirages to explore. Players can explore the world in the sailing boat pictured in last week’s ‘leak’. There will sadly be no naval combat; the little boat is purely for travelling purposes. There will, however, be bits and bobs going on out in the open water.
The main character is heavily tanned and apparently an Israelite. He’s already a trained assassin at the start of AC: Origins. The plan is to use the same protagonist for a trilogy of Assassin’s Creed games, the second of which may be set in Ancient Greece. There’s also a modern day protagonist, a male who is mixed race. The modern day component will be integral to AC: Origins, and there be larger environments to explore when you leave the Animus.
Combat has been reworked for Assassin’s Creed Origins. It will be more involved, enemies will try to flank and the player will need to make full use of a limited skill tree. Weapons include a bow, spears, throwing knives, swords, a shield, and a primitive hidden blade which requires losing a finger to install. Skills are split between Combat, Stealth and Movement, but there are a limited number of skill points and a set number of skills which may be active at one time. You may have to tailor your talents to specific assassination missions.
Crucial to this will be rejigged stealth. Blending in with crowds will again be at the forefront. An assassin is at his most dangerous when he can’t be spotted. You can hide on corners, behind rocks, and in the usual haystacks and bushes.
Lastly, Assassin’s Creed Origins will allegedly be a 100% single-player experience. There are currently no plans for any multiplayer component.
And, while not about Origins itself, the leaker also suggests an Assassin’s Creed in feudal Japan or China isn’t going to happen. Ubisoft allegedly doesn’t believe a game set in Japan would be successful, and AC: Chronicles - China was released to appease fans calling out for a game set in the Far East.
There’s a lot to take in there, but what do you make of what you’re hearing about AC Origins? Think there's any truth to these claims? Let us know!