In an unprecedented move, Ubisoft have announced a unique Discovery Tour will come to Assassin’s Creed Origins as a free update in 2018.
Essentially, the mode allows players to free roam the entire open map of Ancient Egypt, but without getting into combat or following a storyline. In fact, players will be able to learn more about the history and daily life of Egyptians at that time.
This is a dream project for the Assassin’s Creed team who have spent thousands of hours recreating an open world Ancient Egypt environment and have wanted to venture into an academic setting with their product.
The initial design ideas came from members of team sitting in on educational conferences, wanting to get a better picture of how students learn and teachers teach. They’ve also reached out to Egyptologists for their expertise and architects who have conducted years of research and amassed masses of historical data.
Visitors – as Ubisoft describes them – will get explore Alexandria, the Nile Delta, The Giza, Sand Sea, and much more. There will also be guided tours with several stops which focus on various aspects of the time period.
To me, this seems like a fantastic way for people to learn more about the history of one of the most important eras in our history, but also to see the beauty of this sprawling world without interuption. Of course, this isn’t the first time a AAA game has been linked with the classroom. Minecraft has its own educational version through Microsoft.
Discovery Tour will be available to everyone who owns Assassin’s Creed Origins as a free update in 2018.