As explained during a recent interview with Game Rant, Assassin’s Creed Origins‘ director Ashraf Ismail touched on how the extra year off for the series was able to help make people excited for the franchise once again. Plus, it looks like the brief hiatus also assisted the development team in expanding the boundaries for the forthcoming sequel, as Ismail has now declared that its game world is “the series’ biggest world yet.”

This was revealed by way of a brand new video featuring Assassin’s Creed Origins‘ director Ashraf Ismail and historian Maxime Durand, as the two discuss the important characters players will encounter throughout their adventures in Ancient Egypt and what one will do while exploring the vast world in conflict. The latest piece of gameplay footage from Ubisoft also serves to illustrate the scale of the world, with Ismail explaining, “[The world] is much, much more dense,” as the map size is about twice as big as Black Flag‘s, with the difference being that Origin’s map is mostly explorable land.

“This is definitely – in terms of content – the biggest world we’ve ever built. [In terms of exploration] we wanted people to be lost in this world for hours and hours. So the game is quite huge.

“The world is massive.”

Furthermore, due to the world’s size being so massive in Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubiblog’s editor Mikel Reperaz explains that players will “need to discover the game’s quests on [their] own,” as one can come across these quests and adventures on an organic basis, or be shown where to go by a non-playable character. Not to mention, fans can even leave mid-quest to take care of something else entirely, and then come back to finish it off later.

Of course, while Assassin’s Creed Origins‘ game world is the most sizable environment in the franchise’s history and will have plenty to do, the caliber and enjoyable nature of the quests and missions will also be important, as quantity does not necessarily mean quality. As it so happens, there’s a lot more covered in the above video in regards to the setting and the main political players that the protagonist Bayek will be encountering.

Taking all of this into consideration, Assassin’s Creed Origins definitely seems to be on the right track in terms of giving fans what they want out of the next entry, especially when it comes to the huge portion of content. And for what it’s worth, our hands-on preview with the game’s open world left us impressed with its vibrantly fascinating sights and experiences.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is slated to release on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Ubisoft US – YouTube