Assassin's Creed Origins screenshot of the Sphinx at night time

After the fairly mediocre Assassin's Creed Syndicate Ubisoft promised they would spend a lot more time ensuring that the next 'proper' Assassin's Creed game will be both bug-free and much more interesting. Whether the newly announced Assassin's Creed Origins is going to be bug-free, I certainly have no idea, but at least it does appear to be much more enticing than the previous entries in the series.

First and foremost, it is set in Ancient Egypt, an era that is very rarely represented in games if you ignore the presence of sand dunes and the occasional pyramid full of zombies you find every once in a while. The second, and perhaps most important change, is the newly reworked combat. Instead of just staring down 10 guards waiting to counter-attack them one by one, in Origins you will have to actually fight your enemies in what appears to be a simpler version of the Dark Souls combat system. Given the casual nature of the Assassin's Creed series its most likely not going to be as punishing, but hopefully it'll be at least half as exciting as that alone would be a massive improvement for the series!

If all of this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can find out more by heading over to the official website. As for the release date, you can expect to see Assassin's Creed Origins on October 27th for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. And finally, if you would like an example of everything I've mentioned so far, and also a demonstration of the magical head-seeking arrow, I'll leave you with one of the recent gameplay trailers. Its not overly long, but it does a pretty good job of showcasing what exactly Origins does differently. Enjoy!