Assassin’s Creed Origins “Discovery Tour” Trades Combat for Teaching

What do you get when you take Assassin’s Creed and remove the combat? A history lesson, apparently!

Assassin’s Creed Origins will receive a post-launch update that implements a “Discover Tour” game mode. This will turn the virtual Egypt setting into a “combat-free living museum, with guided tours that let players delve into its history firsthand.”

The game’s creative director, Jean Guesdon, says that this is something his team have wanted to do for a long time, after having been asked by teachers and institutions.

“Discovery Tour is another way to enjoy the beauty of the world we’ve recreated. It’s a more educative mode, so it’s clearly focused on education and on bringing to people actual facts, more academic knowledge.”

A single screenshot offers a tease of what to expect from the new educational mode:

Discovery Tour will be kept separate from the main game, and will feature tours of the Great Pyramids, as well as discussions on the life of Cleopatra and mummification, and more.

Guesdon hopes that educational experts will use the Discovery Tour as a teaching tool: “I hope that teachers will seize this opportunity to present that to their students, so they can learn with this interactive medium.”

It all sounds wonderful, and if it’s half as comprehensive and accessible as Guesdon claims, I think the Discovery Tour will educate a lot of players.

Discovery Tour will arrive in early 2018 as a free update for Assassin’s Creed Origins, which launches on October 27 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Source: Ubisoft Blog