Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Educational DLC for ASSASSINS CREED ORIGINS Enables Free Exploration of ANCIENT EGYPT

Released in October 27, 2017 by Ubisoft following a development period of four years, the action-adventure videogame “Assassin’s Creed Origins” was released to favorable reviews. Whether it was the storyline due it being the earliest chronological title in the “Assassin’s Creed” series, the superb voice talent and soundtrack, the improved gameplay or the superb masterwork of creating an open-world environment replicating Ptolemaic-era Ancient Egypt, there was a lot to love about “Origins”. Now, to cater to a portion of “AC” fans who would like to explore the game-world without being pestered by the game plot, Ubisoft made a special DLC.
As Gamespot tells it, Ubisoft has put together a neat DLC package to go with “Assassin’s Creed Origins” called “Discovery Tour”, released this Tuesday, February 20. What it does is add a new “game mode” to the basic “AC: Origins”, wherein the storyline, side-quests, time limits and even the hostile enemies are removed. What’s left then is the game environment of Egypt in the times of the famous Queen Cleopatra, replicated as accurately as possible by Ubisoft with some academic assistance. And the player is now free to either explore the land at his leisure, or take a guide tour.
Starting the Discovery tour on the game will greet the player with this message from the developers:
“With content curated by Egyptologists and hundreds of images sourced from museums and libraries around the world, we hope to share with you the passion that inhabited us for the four years it took to develop Assassin’s Creed Origins.”
And that’s no idle boast. The player can now roam the Egyptian city of ancient Alexandria to see the sights without worrying about soldiers trying to kill his character. The guided tour option can point out places of interest, which when approached will activate a documentary blurb describing the spot and its historical significance.
One more quirk in the Discovery Tour is the ability of the player to choose his avatar with which to explore the world. That mean they can choose from either the main Assassin characters Bayek and Aya, or the historical personages Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, who appear in the “Origins” plot as supporting characters. After taking in Alexandria, the player can then sail a boat up or down the mighty Nile River to observe epic monuments like the Pyramids of Giza, or even travel to them for a closer look.
Ubisoft describes the Discovery Tour DLC for “Assassin’s Creed Origins” as a “unique experience at the intersection of entertainment and learning” that could even be used as a teaching aid for History Class. The DLC is free for the game’s console versions, while PC owners on Steam or the Ubisoft Uplay store must pay $20 to download it.
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