The reveal of Assassin’s Creed Origins at E3 2017 was both exciting and, perhaps, the show’s worst-kept secret – several retailer advertisements had leaked prior to the unveiling that spoiled a bit of Ubisoft’s fun. That didn’t stop Assassin’s Creed Origins from being the most talked about game at E3 2017, and it hasn’t dulled the anticipation for a game that appears to be made for long-time fans of the series. Not only will Origins explore a kind of prequel setting to Altair and Desmond’s first adventures, but it will also locate the series within one of the most requested settings of all time in Egypt.

Egypt, however, is a pretty big place, featuring a number of expansive desert landscapes alongside some sprawling early civilizations and monuments. It’s fair to wonder just how big the world of Egypt in Assassin’s Creed Origins is, then, and luckily, we now have the answer. A recent interview with Assassin’s Creed Origins director Ashraf Ismail revealed that the upcoming game’s world will be plenty large enough for assassins looking to lose themselves in the splendor of ancient Egypt:

“If I compare [Origins] to previous games in the past, I don’t actually know the exact numbers…but I would say that it’s at least twice the size of Havana from Black Flag. At least.”

So while Assassin’s Creed Origins is making smart changes to the franchise in terms of new gameplay and character development options, it appears that Ubisoft still prizes the game’s highly-detailed open world as one of the series’ key features. Although it is beginning to be rarer for a game not to feature an expansive open world as one of its selling points these days, the fact is that Ubisoft is one of the industry’s best in designing these kinds of environments, and it wouldn’t be Assassin’s Creed without the ability to get lost for hours within digital history.

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That being said, however, Ismail was quick to suggest that simply having a giant open world wasn’t what he believes “matters.” Ismail stressed that the team behind the Assassin’s Creed Origins story has made each city feel unique, and that the narrative and depth of gameplay opportunities will be what sets the game apart from competitors. Time will tell, and we’re only a few short months away from finding out for ourselves, as Assassin’s Creed Origins releases later this year.

Assassin’s Creed Origins releases on October 27, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: Game Informer