The latest rumors indicate that Ubisoft would be preparing to relaunch the Assassin’s Creed franchise with a new main chapter that would explore the beginnings of the series’ lore, telling the story of the original Assasins guild in Ancient Egypt. This new chapter would be aptly called Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and it’s expected to be unveiled at E3 2017.
French developer Ubisoft knows how much depends in the success of the next mainline Assassin’s Creed. After the creative fatigue of the latest entries was represented in serious sales declines in all markets, the series took a welcome year-long break in which audiences only got a feature film and a remastered collection of previous titles.
The next main installment needs to prove that the series has overcome its issues, and it seems like the company is taking literally the idea of going back to the roots, with anonimous sources telling WWG that the upcoming game would jump back in time to explore the first days of the Assassins in Ancient Egypt, offering a fresh start for new audiences who don’t want to be lost in the ongoing storyline from previous chapters.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins would be an open-world adventure of a much bigger scope than any previous title, giving players the possibility to travel across the land and even the Mediterranean Sea aboard boats that would allow players to reach other nations, including Ancient Greece. However, it won’t be a safe trip, as the naval fights introduced in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag are making a return in order to add more gameplay possibilities and accurately depict the times of the Mediterranean pirates.
The story, following the adventures of a man and a woman, would take a less linear approach, with story missions losing some importance in the development of the game. Apparently the comparison with Skyrim is frequently mentioned when talking about this matter.
This is not all, since a supposed teaser video distributed among Ubisoft employees also depicts other civilizations from Asia and even other eras like WWII France and the Abstergo headquarters in the future.
The next Assassin’s Creed is expected to be unveiled at the next E3 in June.