From the moment that Ubisoft first showed Assassin’s Creed fans a glimpse of its forthcoming franchise installment, Assassin’s Creed Origins, it seems there has been nothing but excitement, anticipation, and a desire to see more. Now, the publisher has answered the call, releasing a brand-new cinematic trailer that spotlights a stunning and surreptitious civilization on the cusp of falling to the sand from which it came.

The new footage for Assassin’s Creed Origins doesn’t, to the dismay of some, feature any gameplay or action sequences of any kind, but instead gives hopefuls a look at the landscape of Ancient Egypt, the setting for the forthcoming RPG. Titled “From Sand,” the trailer is markedly somber as it pans across pyramids, boats, and even animals that slowly crumble away.

It seems the only thing – living or inanimate – that doesn’t disintegrate into sand is Bayek, protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Origins. He is seen arriving to the mysterious world of sand near the trailer’s conclusion. As he walks through billows of warm orange dust, an ominous line appears on screen: “Where it ends, it begins.” For those familiar with the storied franchise, this is a clear-cut reference to Assassin’s Creed Origins being the first game chronologically within the series.

Of course, captivating worlds and gorgeous landscapes aren’t all the game has to offer. Earlier this week, publisher Ubisoft announced that a new mode for Assassin’s Creed Origins. Called “Discovery Tour,” the free roam mode is slated to be incorporated into the title after a few months post-launch, with an anticipated release date of sometime in 2018. Players will be happy to know that the wait will be well worth it, as the impending mode is said to be available by way of free update. “Discovery Tour” will strip away all combat within the title to allow players more freedom of exploration without being plagued by enemy onslaughts and learn factual history about Ancient Egypt while traveling through the various in-game worlds.

With more emphasis on expansive and immersive landscapes (Assassin’s Creed Origins has the biggest world in the series thus far), and a focus on fine-tuned historical details, it certainly seems that the game will provide an experience unique from its franchise predecessors and perhaps set a new benchmark for installments moving forward.

Assassin’s Creed Origins releases on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Ubisoft US – Youtube