Most gamers might plan to deck the halls with boughs of holly this month in preparation for a certain festive event, but Assassin’s Creed: Origins developer Ubisoft Montreal lives to defy expectations.
Instead, they’re plundering the Halls of the Dead for their action-adventure RPG’s latest update, introducing a wealth of seemingly omnipotent deities for Egyptian warrior Bayek to overcome and new modes set to up the ante further.
- It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the physical reincarnations of Anubis and Sobek already await those Creed veterans willing to put in the hours to find them amidst the deserts and jungles of Ancient Egypt. But as of this month, Sekhmet will join the fray, enabling – or daring – you to duel up to three gods at once.
- Fans of Gears of War‘s Horde Mode or its countless derivative counterparts in other franchises can rejoice too. Origins will also introduce “Here Comes a New Challenger”, an endless survival mission pitting Bayek against hordes of increasingly resilient foes within a Cyrene arena.
- Speaking of challenges, anyone who grinded through Origins‘ main campaign with ease should keep an eagle eye out for the open world odyssey’s incoming Nightmare difficulty setting. Combined with enemies now scaling to match your level across all difficulties, the mode promises to test even the most skilled players to their limits.
No official launch date has been set in stone – or marble, as might befit the Ancient epoch – for Origins‘ latest update yet, but expect to see a “new world of gods and monsters” make its way to consoles and PC before the New Year. In the meantime, look out for the Gladiator Items Pack this December 12th and the Wacky Items Pack on Boxing Day.
If you’ve yet to pick up Origins, though, whether due to series fatigue or other reservations, be sure to check out Chris Wheatley’s review for D-pad Joy and find out why now is “the perfect time to step back inside the Animus”.