World-building, exploration-loving gamers like me might be freaking out a little bit right now. The Ancient Egypt of Assassin's Creed Origins is something many of us have hoped to see for a decade now. And now to hear that it will have the biggest map the series has ever seen? Well, there's something called Too Much of a Good Thing, but I'm having a hard time finding that limit, at least from watching this video. The art, architecture, and thoughtful, historical reconstruction of one of the most magnificent empires to ever grace the planet looks amazing.
The world runs seamlessly from city to monument to river to desert to pyramid without loading. Each and every building and outhouse isn't going to have a gods-given meaning, but every single thing is researched, tested, and approved by at least Ubisoft's core of historians it reaches out to. I mean, hey, it's still a video game, so let's not get crazy on the historicity of your actions. But the Assassin's Creed series has prided itself for 10 years now on the veracity and believability of its locations. To the best of Ubisoft's ability, anyway. They've always done a very convincing job, all the way from Jerusalem to Rome, and from the Caribbean to Ye Olde London Towne. I've visited some of the locations covered in the Assassin's Creed series, and I must admit, I've always been impressed with the work they do. It's not a documentary. But it's darn good work.
Origins' world looks so massive, it seems like you could play a makeshift game of GeoGuessr with your friends, just by snapping a screenshot and having your friends figure out where the heck you are in the varied streets and, heck, varied biomes in Egypt. I just happen to like GeoGuessr, okay?
Don't forget, major historical figures will likewise play larger-than-life roles, too. There's Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and a Boy King that's assumed Cleopatra's throne with the help of a conspicuously masked order. Origins also features the proto-development of the Brotherhood of Assassins.
Assassin's Creed Origins comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in two months on October 25.