Like the allure of different time periods in the Assassin’s Creed series, the mysteries and personalities of each protagonist is integral to every entry. In Assassin’s Creed Origins, that hero is a Medjay named Bayek.
As Origins’ Creative Director Jean Guesdon states in the video seen below, it was important for Bayek to be Egyptian because the team wanted him “to serve as a guide for players to fully understand what Egypt was about.” Bayek’s journey throughout Origins will lead to the formation of the Assassin Brotherhood that we know from the first game. Ubisoft wanted Bayek to be older, in his 30s, so that he wasn’t a “young man discovering life” like in previous games. Bayek is more mature and more experienced in life.
Bayek’s place as a Medjay is also discussed. Medjay were an ancient order of protectors and lawkeepers appointed by the pharaohs. Bayek is the last of the Medjay during a turning point in Egypt’s history when the line of pharaohs is dying out. He represents an older way of life which comes across in his personality.
Bayek’s feathered friend Senu gets some screen time in the video as well. Animals play an important part in Origins, so not only does Senu give Bayek a companion, but she gives players a new perspective on the world. Without exiting the 3D world, players can fast travel by flying Senu and looking at a location they have already discovered.
Players can explore Egypt on October 27, 2017 when Assassin’s Creed Origins launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.