A leaked image of a pre-order card posted on Reddit confirms the latest Assassin’s Creed will be based in Egypt.
The new game will be titled Assassin’s Creed Origins, according to the image posted on Reddit yesterday. Moderators were quick to point out that nothing is confirmed until Ubisoft makes an announcement, but the image certainly seems convincing.
The photo appears to be of a Target pre-order card for the “Gold” edition of the game. As shown on the card, it will include the “deluxe pack”, the season pass of DLC, a full metal Steelbook protective case, and a $5 Target gift card. The packaging also mentions a bonus mission called “Secrets of the First Pyramids” that will be exclusive to game pre-orders.
The pre-order placard also confirms Origins’ setting to be in Egypt. If the bronze statues, the ancient obelisks, and the Nile riverboats weren’t already giveaways, you can see the Sphinx on the left, and a massive gold-tipped pyramid in the background.
Also of note is the apparent age of the card - it must have been printed some time ago as Ubisoft has recently changed their logo from the faded blue swirl to a flat monochrome one.
There’s no release date listed on the card, however, we know from Ubisoft’s earnings statement that Origins is expected to be released in the fiscal year 2017-18. It’s likely the game will be out just in time for the Holiday season - nearly 2 years since the last Assassin’s Creed title was release. The franchise has been on hiatus since 2015’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicates.
It is also rumored that Assassin’s Creed Origins will return the franchise to naval combat, something not seen since 2013’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It should be noted that any potential naval battles will be without the benefit of cannons as they were invented long after the fall of the Egyptian empire. They will likely be smaller scale engagements done from sailboats along the Nile river, and prominently featuring the ancient Egyptian recurve bow.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be out for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows 10. Look for more details on the upcoming title, including a potential release date, at Ubisoft’s pre-E3 press event on June 12.