At E3 2017, Ubisoft finally made the long rumored Assassin's Creed: Origins official, even after multiple leaks prior to the show essentially confirmed the existence of the title. Appearing at Microsoft's show and then the main Ubisoft conference, fans finally got a first look at the new gameplay elements and massive world set inside ancient Egypt. While the popular multiplayer modes have not been seen since Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, many fans began to wonder if those competitive modes would finally be making a return. As it turns out, Origins will be continuing that single player only trend.
During the Assassin's Creed: Origins panel at the E3 Coliseum, game director Ashraf Ismail confirmed that multiplayer modes like Manhunt and Wanted are not coming back for this years game. Instead, Origins will strictly be focusing on the campaign experience, taking players through the story of Bayek and how the Assassin's Brotherhood is first created.
While Ubisoft has no plans to add PvP to this game, it's not abandoning online components completely. Ismail did not go into much detail, but he did confirm that the single player campaign would be enhanced with online features. This shouldn't be too surprising to longtime fans as online elements have been added to the last few games in the franchise ranging from managing ships in a naval fleet, assigning assassins to various missions around the world, to even having to unlock chests using an online app with Assassin's Creed Unity and its myriad of online problems.
Ubisoft has previously spoken about how Assassin's Creed: Origins is attempting to rejuvenate the franchise with new ideas and fresh concepts. While gameplay demos have revealed a number of new concepts such as the removal of the minimap, and the use of an eagle to scout locations, our hands-on preview has revealed even more. Combat has been completely revamped, taking a more deliberate and deadly approach such as games like Dark Souls or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Additionally, Ubisoft has integrated a new RPG system giving players access to customizable loot, weapons states, and progression and skill trees as well.
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Assassin's Creed: Origins launches for Xbox One, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PC on October 27, 2017.