Ubisoft has a major post-launch content plan for Assassin’s Creed Origins (to the surprise of no one), going firmly tongue in cheek with its mummy-battling The Curse of the Pharaohs expansion. It’s all in an effort to “allow players to continue progressing and levelling up their characters in the long run,” according to game director Ashraf Ismail.
Numerous expansion packs are in development for AC: Origins, including a mix of free content and additional goodies for season pass holders. 2017 will keep things light with the Roman Centurion Pack and the Horus Pack, both of which contain new outfits, a mount, shield, and two additional weapons.
Then things start to get really good with The Hidden Ones. Set years after the story of Assassin’s Creed Origins in a new region that is now occupied by a Roman force, Bayek and his fellow assassins must worth together to take down the Roman army. This includes an increase to the level cap and it’s due out in January 2018.
As well as this there’s the aforementioned The Curse of the Pharaohs. It’s sure to get history buffs riled, but this second expansion focuses on Egyptian mythology. This includes mythical monsters, undead pharaohs and a new fantastical realm to explore. Once again the level cap will be raised. The Curse of the Pharaohs is out in March 2018.
Lastly, there’s a whole bunch of freebies coming to Assassin’s Creed Origins after launch for all players. Some of them are a bit of filler, but there’s smattering of decent content here. The Trial of the Gods is showdowns against Egyptian gods during timed live events; Nomad’s Bazaar is a Xur-like wandering merchant who issues out daily quests for exotic rewards, while Horde Mode is Bayek versus waves of enemies in a gladiatorial arena. It’s all rounded out by Photo Mode and the education Discovery Tour, which has already been revealed.
Quite a lot of content coming Assassin’s Creed Origins’ way then, and Ubisoft is evidently hoping it’s enough to keep players returning for the long term. That’s a tricky prospect in a single player title but it’s likely a necessity if AC is to continue as a key pillar for the French publisher.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is out on October 27th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.