After a two year hiatus, Assassin’s Creed Origins is coming to recapture the franchise’s former glory. But like most games these days, Origins wants to keep us playing well after the initial launch. And to do this, Ubisoft is offering a mix of free features and paid DLC.
Origins’ season pass
Let’s cover the stuff that costs money first.
In January, Bayek’s journey continues in The Hidden Ones expansion. Set a few years after the events of the main story, Bayek and the new Assassin Brotherhood face off against one of the most sophisticated threats of the ancient world. Rome. A new region is coming, and it’s occupied by a Roman military force. The fledgling Brotherhood will have to fight some of the world’s best soldiers to survive.
Besides the Roman adversary, we don’t know much else. Ubisoft does say a new level cap will come alongside the expansion. So expect more gear to gather.
The Curse of the Pharaohs expansion is coming in March and gives us exactly what I expect (and want). Mummies. The Undead. While The Hidden Ones expansion keeps us grounded in history, The Curse of the Pharaohs goes all in on Egyptian mythology. Undead pharaohs. Egyptian monsters. All that’s missing is Tom Cruise.
This second expansion gives us another bump to the level cap and adds a few new ways for Bayek to kill his foes.
The Roman Centurion and Horus packs bring the usual exclusive stuff like weapons, outfits, and other items. Those packs are coming in November.
500 Helix credits are also packed in with the season pass. Like previous Assassin’s Creed games, you can use them to purchase in-game items. And just like previous Assassin’s Creed games, it’s still a dumb system.
Look, free stuff
Ubisoft is charging for the big DLC content, and you can’t blame them. But the folks working on Origins also have some goodies for everyone.
The Trial of the Gods pits you against Egyptian gods in boss battles “during special timed events,” according to Ubisoft. This feature goes live 15 days after launch.
Photo Mode at launch. What else needs to be said other than every game should have one.
Discovery Tour is perfect for those struggling to beat Cuphead’s tutorial. I kid, I kid. It’s actually a cool sounding feature that turns Origins into a “combat-free living museum.” It’s coming in early 2018.
Horde Mode lets us focus on just the killing part of Assassin’s Creed Origins as waves of enemies flood towards you in the Gladiator Arena. It goes live sometime in early 2018.
Origins’ season pass looks like your typical post-launch DLC plan. I don’t mind paying for content as long as it’s quality. And so far, Ubisoft hasn’t disappointed me. There handling of Rainbow Six Siege makes me optimistic that Assassin’s Creed can be the great game it once was. At launch, and beyond.
Still, $40 is a bit steep for a single-player season pass. Especially after what $25 gave us in The Witcher 3 post-launch. We’ll just have to wait and see what Ubisoft delivers.
I’ll keep this post updated as we learn more about the two paid expansions.
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