Ubisoft has announced that a new mode in Assassin’s Creed Origins will set out to teach players more about Egypt and its history.
It’s not often that you hear education and games mentioned in the same sentence without a collective groan filling the room. Now, it seems Ubisoft want’s to change that with the Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour. The new mode will do away with all the distracting combat and story and allow those that want to experience the Egyptian environments at their own leisure to do so. Not only will players be able to freely roam around the game’s locations, but the mode will also include guided tours which will reveal more about the objects, rituals, people, and history of Egypt.
Creative Director for the game Jean Guesdon explained that Ubisoft decided to implement the Discovery Tour after receiving feedback from teachers about the historical content that the franchise portrays. Geusdon also commented on how excited they were about the feature and the educational potential it holds.
“It’s a dream come true for us to offer Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, an educational mode built specifically for people to learn more about the incredible history of Ancient Egypt through the interactive experience made possible via a video game.”
It seems like a great idea as most of the games in the franchise have focused quite a bit on historical accuracy and trying to stay true to the time periods they portray (in-between all the other non-historical stuff, of course).
One thing is for certain, I would have focused a lot more in my history class if I was allowed to learn by playing a game. Here’s hoping more game’s embrace this mechanic.