Assassin’s Creed Origins according to an Egyptologist
We know Assassin’s Creed Origins will include plenty of climbing, fighting and leap-of-faithing – but what do we know about its Ancient Egyptian setting? We asked an Egyptologist to give us his thoughts on what to expect.
AC Origins according to an Egyptologist – QorC Ep.95
Did you know, for example, that AC Origins’ hero isn’t even Egyptian? Or that the period the game is set is so late in the timeline of Ancient Egypt that the builder of Great Pyramids will have been dead for nearly 3,000 years?
In this rather special episode of Quit or Continue, the regulars sit down with Dr Garry Shaw, a bonafide Egyptologist who has written books and everything, to talk Assassin’s Creed Origins.
We’ll explain the politics of 30BC Egypt, the historical figures you’re likely to meet – yes, Cleopatra is almost certainly coming at ya, but The Rock’s Scorpion King really shouldn’t be – and the pyramids, tombs and underwater locations you’re likely to be exploring.
There’s also time to discuss how the gods and mysticism of Ancient Egypt might influence Origin’s plot. Will we get to venture into the Underworld to do battle with Anubis and Ammit – the part lion, part hippo, part crocodile ‘Devourer of the Dead’ – for example? And we have a few theories on what that giant snake monster is – the one that Ubisoft’s devs have been so reluctant to talk about after showing it off at E3 2017.
Beyond that we discuss how a lack of windows in the Egyptian’s tombs and temples could make for some awkward assassinations. And we try to work out what Bayek will be scampering up and leaping off in an era when only a handful of buildings are more than three storeys in height.
So press play and sit back as we delve into the mysteries of Assassin’s Creed Origin’s Ancient Egypt.
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