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New Combat-Free Educational Mode for Assassin’s Creed: Origins Revealed

Ubisoft has announced a new game mode for Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

The new “Discovery Tour” mode lets players explore the very concept of the Animus Database in a new method: a new educational mode that is entirely devoid of combat.

Players will be able to partake in guided tours throughout the game’s recreation of ancient Egypt, an experience completely separate from the main game that involves protagonist Bayek, an assassin that will kill lots of people.

Here’s a rundown on the new mode, via Ubisoft:


With Discovery Tour, Assassin’s Creed Origins is using the concept of the Animus Database – long one of the most fascinating parts of the series – as a springboard for an entirely new kind of experience. Where the Database was a collection of educational (and frequently snarky) notes on the important people, places, and events that you encounter in each game, Discovery Tour adds an entirely new game mode that turns the massive re-creation of Egypt into a combat-free living museum, with guided tours that let players delve into its history firsthand.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, that we’ve been asked to do by teachers, by institutions,” says Jean Guesdon, creative director for Assassin’s Creed Origins. “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.”

Separate from the main game, Discovery Tour annotates the game world with dozens of interactive tours curated by historians and Egyptologists. Each focuses on a different subject, including the Great Pyramids, the life of Cleopatra, mummification, and more. Additionally, Discovery Tour lets players roam the entire game world without constraints or threats, exploring a sprawling landscape that includes Memphis, Alexandria, the Sand Sea, and the Giza Plateau at their own pace.

“When you start to tour, you will have a path that will lead you from station to station, in order to learn more,” Guesdon says. “For example, the mummification process, from the cleaning of the body to the removal of the organs, up to the ritual of the opening of the mouth. I hope that teachers will seize this opportunity to present that to their students, so they can learn with this interactive medium.

“We spent years recreating Ancient Egypt, documenting ourselves, validating the content with historians, with consultants, and we feel that many more people than just the players can benefit from that,” says Guesdon.

Discovery Tour will arrive in early 2018 as a free update for Assassin’s Creed Origins.


Assassin’s Creed: Origins launches across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 27th. In case you missed it, you can find my exclusive hands-on video preview demo for the game from this year’s E3 here.

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75 comments
  1. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    September 29, 2017 at 12:23 am

    A mode suited for game journos.

  2. John Smith
    John Smith
    September 29, 2017 at 12:56 am

    “We spent years recreating Ancient Egypt, documenting ourselves,
    validating the content and making sure we erased all that historical bullshit and replaced it with KANGZ”

  3. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    September 29, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Holy shit. Not for education (lol), but I always wanted something like this from Ass Creed games just for exploration. I never liked the gameplay (or most of the stories), but always appreciated the worlds.

  4. Richard
    Richard
    September 29, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I don’t know, still seems like they would struggle

  5. EroBotan
    EroBotan
    September 29, 2017 at 1:25 am

    those time and money can be used to improve the main game instead of this boring feature.

  6. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    September 29, 2017 at 1:42 am

    The guy that was shit at Cuphead will surely find a way to fail at it.

  7. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    September 29, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Same here.Unity could benefit from this now that it’s not a broken pile of shit.

  8. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    September 29, 2017 at 1:46 am

    The Animus is still a shit idea and if this is all they will use it for then it’s a step in the right direction.

  9. sanic
    sanic
    September 29, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Wonder if they’ll mention recent dna tests indicate they wuznt kangz.

  10. Ebicentre
    Ebicentre
    September 29, 2017 at 3:08 am

    With Discovery Tour, Assassin’s Creed Origins is using the concept of the Animus Database – long one of the most fascinating parts of the series

    Oh, you mean that plot-line you abandoned in III? Why should anyone else care when you gave up on it?

  11. Ebicentre
    Ebicentre
    September 29, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Dean “it was a social experiment I swear you guys” Takahashi. He brings shame upon Japan.

  12. Ebicentre
    Ebicentre
    September 29, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Dean “it was a social experiment I swear you guys” Takahashi. He brings shame upon Japan.

  13. Sergio Nacher Fernández
    Sergio Nacher Fernández
    September 29, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Edutainment in a shitty historically dishonest videogame doesn’t make it less of a shitty historically dishonest videogame.

  14. Sergio Nacher Fernández
    Sergio Nacher Fernández
    September 29, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Edutainment in a shitty historically dishonest videogame doesn’t make it less of a shitty historically dishonest videogame.

  15. 2501
    2501
    September 29, 2017 at 3:29 am

    HOLD UP… are you sayin?

  16. 2501
    2501
    September 29, 2017 at 3:29 am

    HOLD UP… are you sayin?

  17. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    September 29, 2017 at 3:46 am

    YES, WE WUZ mang.

  18. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    September 29, 2017 at 3:46 am

    YES, WE WUZ mang.

  19. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 29, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Hahaha it was just a prank guys

  20. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 29, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Hahaha it was just a prank guys

  21. VersVlees
    VersVlees
    September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

    If even a Pigeon can out smart you, it is no longer “just a prank bro”
    https://youtu.be/OOjXaAZHEQE

  22. VersVlees
    VersVlees
    September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

    If even a Pigeon can out smart you, it is no longer “just a prank bro”
    https://youtu.be/OOjXaAZHEQE

  23. Mr. Capo
    Mr. Capo
    September 29, 2017 at 6:49 am

    SHEEEEEEEIT nigga.

  24. Mr. Capo
    Mr. Capo
    September 29, 2017 at 6:49 am

    SHEEEEEEEIT nigga.

  25. 2501
    2501
    September 29, 2017 at 7:27 am

    DAS RITE!

  26. 2501
    2501
    September 29, 2017 at 7:27 am

    DAS RITE!

  27. David Curry
    David Curry
    September 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    AAA games adding gameplay-free campaigns. Somewhere an indie developer is pissed.

  28. David Curry
    David Curry
    September 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    AAA games adding gameplay-free campaigns. Somewhere an indie developer is pissed.

  29. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    September 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Call it what it actually is. “Game Journalist Mode”

  30. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    September 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Call it what it actually is. “Game Journalist Mode”

  31. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    September 29, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Right? Killing off Desmond was incredibly stupid.

  32. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    September 29, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Right? Killing off Desmond was incredibly stupid.

  33. John Smith
    John Smith
    September 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

    *Smack lips*

  34. John Smith
    John Smith
    September 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

    *Smack lips*

  35. David Curry
    David Curry
    September 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

    frfr

  36. David Curry
    David Curry
    September 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

    frfr

  37. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    The new Dark Souls of Educational games now that Carmen Sandiego is dead.

  38. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    The new Dark Souls of Educational games now that Carmen Sandiego is dead.

  39. malbhet
    malbhet
    September 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    W…T…F rotflmfao:D

  40. malbhet
    malbhet
    September 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    W…T…F rotflmfao:D

  41. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    A mode that the History channel will hold in high regard.

  42. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    A mode that the History channel will hold in high regard.

  43. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    September 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    At the risk of playing devils advocate- I don’t think the concept is a bad idea.
    Ubi will fuck it up with historical inaccuracy and technical issues- don’t get me wrong. But if a game strived for historical accuracy, a method to learn about the past beyond an in-game wiki or journal would be interesting. Usually it’d be restricted to genres that thrive on history- strategy and shooter games- but I can see it working.
    The issue is they’ve changed it from text, to a “museum”. That’s text with fancy visuals, and that loses something when you see a digital recreation. IMO, learning about history- when the history is the core of the game- can be a neat feature to put in the game. But you don’t need journals and you don’t need to gamify it either. Just have players and NPCs talk & interact naturally and we’ll learn. Why tell us how the mummification goes- when we can see it? Have an assassination be someone who prepares mummies. Maybe we see an apprentice learning the ropes. It’s cheesy, but it’s better than a wall of text.

  44. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    September 29, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    At the risk of playing devils advocate- I don’t think the concept is a bad idea.
    Ubi will fuck it up with historical inaccuracy and technical issues- don’t get me wrong. But if a game strived for historical accuracy, a method to learn about the past beyond an in-game wiki or journal would be interesting. Usually it’d be restricted to genres that thrive on history- strategy and shooter games- but I can see it working.
    The issue is they’ve changed it from text, to a “museum”. That’s text with fancy visuals, and that loses something when you see a digital recreation. IMO, learning about history- when the history is the core of the game- can be a neat feature to put in the game. But you don’t need journals and you don’t need to gamify it either. Just have players and NPCs talk & interact naturally and we’ll learn. Why tell us how the mummification goes- when we can see it? Have an assassination be someone who prepares mummies. Maybe we see an apprentice learning the ropes. It’s cheesy, but it’s better than a wall of text.

  45. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    September 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Selling (inaccurate) history simulators to schools? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. IIRC, EA invested heavily into it with something. And the education industry makes billions while vidya makes millions (Something all schools have to buy to be deemed “standard” vs. entertainment).
    The second AAA execs & shareholdsers can’t sell shit to people, they’ll jump ship to endutainment. And they’ll ruin education just as badly as they did entertaiment.

  46. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    September 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Selling (inaccurate) history simulators to schools? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. IIRC, EA invested heavily into it with something. And the education industry makes billions while vidya makes millions (Something all schools have to buy to be deemed “standard” vs. entertainment).
    The second AAA execs & shareholdsers can’t sell shit to people, they’ll jump ship to endutainment. And they’ll ruin education just as badly as they did entertaiment.

  47. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Now that I think about it; wasn’t there shit like this in Wario Land?

  48. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Now that I think about it; wasn’t there shit like this in Wario Land?

  49. Shattno
    Shattno
    September 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for education and stuff, but this seems incredibly boring.

  50. Shattno
    Shattno
    September 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for education and stuff, but this seems incredibly boring.

  51. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    September 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Given how historically accurate the previous Assassin’s Creed games were, I too doubt that this will provide any value. It would’ve been better to incorporate the history bits into the story or give them as a reward for synchronisation.

  52. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    September 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Given how historically accurate the previous Assassin’s Creed games were, I too doubt that this will provide any value. It would’ve been better to incorporate the history bits into the story or give them as a reward for synchronisation.

  53. Rob
    Rob
    September 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Good to know time went into this rather than making sure the game isn’t another buggy mess.

  54. Rob
    Rob
    September 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Good to know time went into this rather than making sure the game isn’t another buggy mess.

  55. kunuri
    kunuri
    September 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I like the idea, but not when a bunch of commie frogs are the ones in charge of writing about history.

  56. kunuri
    kunuri
    September 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I like the idea, but not when a bunch of commie frogs are the ones in charge of writing about history.

  57. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    September 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    You replied to me by mistake?This has nothing to do with what I(or the OP) was saying.

  58. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    September 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    You replied to me by mistake?This has nothing to do with what I(or the OP) was saying.

  59. Lea Pastillaroja
    Lea Pastillaroja
    September 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    WE WUZ KANGS and we will indoctrinate you to ignore all the scientific evidence that claims otherwise

    I can’t wait for all the e-celebs on youtube using asscreed kang as an excuse to finally debunk all this WEWUZKANGs bullshit once and for all

  60. Lea Pastillaroja
    Lea Pastillaroja
    September 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    ¿Remeber back a few years there was a shitstorm cus of some “girlfriend mode” wich was easier than easy and journos bitched and moaned about “gurls ar gamurs too”?…
    I wonder what they’ll say once the inevitable “Gamejourno mode” comes out

  61. GameZard
    GameZard
    September 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    So this is what the casual scum wanted all along.

  62. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    September 29, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Agreed, though it has nothing to do with what I’d like to see. That’s why I “lol’d” to the “education”.

  63. GuyGuysonEsquire
    GuyGuysonEsquire
    September 30, 2017 at 5:10 am

    To be called “edutainment” one must be entertaining first, something AC games failed to be so for long time.

  64. Nanashi
    Nanashi
    September 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Wait, really? I figured that the obvious meme permutation with regards to this bit of news would be “WE WUZ EDJUCATED ‘N SHEEIT”, but I’ve yet to see it in the comments. I’m kinda surprised by that.

  65. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    September 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Desmond was the only good part of the Animus.Well him and Lucy.

  66. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    October 2, 2017 at 10:46 am

    That actually seems like it might be neat. Or lazy.

    Cool idea, though.

  67. MONAD
    MONAD
    October 2, 2017 at 11:28 am

    WE WUZ EDUCATIONAL N’SHIEEEEET.

  68. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    October 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Aside from their alt-history of the Templars and the Assassins, they actually are very accurate. In fact, how accurate it is around their alt-history shows just how much attention to detail they put into that aspect, because if they didn’t then it wouldn’t feel right for the time period, but it always does. This is story, separate from the gameplay I’m talking about, here, btw.

  69. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    October 4, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Not really. There are multiple inconsistencies with the actual historical settings. Like for example how they portrayed the Ottoman Empire as magnanimous and cultured as opposed to the evil Templar paid Greek freedom fighters. So unless you are including every interaction, person and setting the player gets to be in as part of the gameplay I must disagree.

  70. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    October 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Anything that involves the Templars and Assassins is part of their alt-history, which I explicitly noted.

  71. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    October 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    This still leaves a bunch of historically inaccurate stuff like the portrayal of the Ottoman empire – one of the cruellest and most vicious regimes that were ever created. Or are you arguing that since the Templars and Assassins were interacting with the empire then this is also part of the so called alternate history? Then by this logic most of the game is alternate history and my statement about the overall historical accuracy of the games still stands.

  72. randomdude
    randomdude
    October 5, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Though the way this was done is actually good. This mode doesn’t move the story and can let people learn a little be more about the world. Beats stabbing 9000 guards just explore a single restricted area…. (coming from past games. Stabbing the same grunts over and over again gets annoying.)