Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins looks to be quite the epic adventure, taking place in Egypt and putting players in control of a new assassin named Bayek, who will stop at nothing to kick some ass and take some names. But it appears he’ll be the only one involved in the adventure, as there are no plans to include multiplayer in the game.
During today’s E3 Coliseum panel (which focused on Origins), game director Ashraf Ismail explained that those looking to jump in with friends in the game are probably going to be disappointed. “Assassin’s Creed Origins is primarily a single-player experience,” he explained. “We do have online features that are there to enhance that experience. Later in the (marketing) campaign, we’ll get into more details about those online features, but it’s primarily a single-player experience.”
That said, that doesn’t mean it’s just going to be a one-man show for Bayek, as Ismail hinted that we could be seeing other playable characters within the game. “This is primarily Bayek’s story,” he said. “We do have other playable characters that are played in select quests. There are other playable characters in the story, but it is primarily Bayek’s story.”
In the past, Ubisoft did involve multiplayer features in Assassin’s Creed games, involving several players hunting after particular targets and other objectives on a map. It was met with some popularity for a little while there, but it eventually faded off. It appears that Ubisoft is moving forward on focusing more on the story for games like this, as it did with 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and other games before that.
As far as what the online features could be, your guess is as good as ours. There could be events where you race against other players in the best time, possibly with kills, but that isn’t confirmed just yet. It’s more than likely that Ubisoft will reveal these features in the months ahead, getting players prepped for the journey that lie ahead with this awesome new AAA adventure. Fingers crossed that we get time trials.