It's no secret that the developers of the popular Assassin's Creed series put a lot of time and effort into insuring the authenticity of their games. From the large selection of real sea shanties that can be unlocked in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, to the skillful inclusion of real historical figures, such as Niccolo Machiavelli in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, this iconic video game franchise has a long history of accurate and authentic representations of the cultures and history of the world.
Assassin's Creed Origins has taken this quest for authenticity one step further by releasing a new "Discovery Tour" mode for this game. This new mode is specifically designed to be used for educational purposes, allowing Assassin's Creed Origins to function much like an interactive museum exhibition. There are several key differences between the normal mode of this game and the new educational mode.
In the "Discovery Tour" version of this game, all combat elements have been removed. There are also no quests, and no collectible items, making this version of the game more suitable for purely educational purposes.
According to a preface that appears before you begin the "Discovery Tour" mode, Assassin's Creed Origins includes “content curated by Egyptologists and hundreds of images sourced from museums.” The game also includes occasional narration, and there's a big focus on the historical importance of Alexandria during the time of Julius Cesar and Cleopatra.
The best part about this new mode is the freedom it provides in allowing for exploration. Players can wander the streets of Alexandria and get a realistic look into the day-to-day life of Ancient Egyptians.
There are a series of tours players can go on that give context both to the culture of Egypt during this period, and details about how anthropologists and archaeologists have worked in tandem to piece together what we now know about this period of human history.Assassin's Creed Origins' "Discovery Tour" mode is available as of today as a free download for those who have already purchased this game, so you might as well pick it up and see what you think. If you don't already own Assassin's Creed Origins and would like to give the "Discovery Mode" a shot, you can purchase it as a standalone game from Ubisoft for around $20.