Assassin's Creed Origins is shaping up to be Ubisoft's most ambitious entry in the series to date, and that's saying a lot considering where it's gone. And if you need something that tells you just how in-depth it gets – there's just one place to look, and that's with role-playing elements.
Speaking with the team at AusGamers, game developer Ashraf Ismail explained a lot about the differences with the game. "I would say that it's [hard to compare Origins to past Assassin's Creed games] because the narrative structure is so drastically different," Ismail said. "It's really much more—this is Bayek's journey, you go through a ton of quests and there's a ton of optional content in the game.… I wouldn't compare it to any other AC in that regard because they're not the same at all.
"Just the RPG element, for example. The amount of effort the player has to put into customizing and crafting their own character is way deeper and way bigger than what we've ever done before. I mean it's…I don't know how much you experienced in it, but at some point when you're playing the full game, you see that it's a full-blown RPG in that sense. Your weapons matter, your stats matter. At some point, based on the enemy, knowing what weapon best to use against that enemy…we want players to put their effort and mental kind of strategy on that aspect."
And the game's setting plays a big part in it as well. "For us, it was important to tell the stories of Egypt," Ismail said. "And we've done a ton of research and we found some really amazing people that have existed. Scribes, priests, and we wanted to somehow represent them. And so we put all our energy into really telling these types of stories and having the experience be much more personal."
Oh, and another thing – you can totally get heat stroke. "We have this thing called 'Desert Overheat', which is a system that is meant to… the idea is when you are being consumed by the heat that you see, like, a lot of effects. [So] you start really falling into some kind of haze… When it's on and you're in the middle of the desert and you're lost in the desert, it's fucking awesome."
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