Tomorrow’s Assassin’s Creed Origins update will see players able to sink their learning chops into the brand new educational mode Discovery Tour. Players will be free to roam around the enormous map of Origins without being interrupted by combat or story. As a result, players can immerse themselves in the historically fascinating world of ancient Egypt history, according to Ubisoft:
“People can discover and explore a world free of conflict, time pressure or gameplay constraints, where storyline and quests are not active and the world of Ancient Egypt evolves into a combat-free living museum.”
Most features of the game are intact in this mode, which leaves players able to explore ancient Egypt at their own pace. Most notably, players are still able to ride steeds, sail across the Nile, and engage in all manner of parkour. You can even control your eagle Senu, and fast travel to different locations.
In addition to the exploration mode, Discovery Tour also includes 75 individual tours, each covering a different aspect of 5 topics:
- Egypt: The land of Egypt, geography, and wildlife.
- Pyramids: And exploration of the most iconic landmarks of Egypt.
- Alexandria: Explaining the Greek influence that started with Alexander.
- Daily Life: Information about the people and not only the monuments.
- Romans: Tours that focus on the growing influence of Rome during the time of the game.
The tours will vary in length from 5 to 25 minutes. Players can explore the tours as one of 25 avatars, such as Bayek, Aya, and even Cleopatra or Caesar. Players will still be able to interact with the environment, and even use Photo Mode, according to Uplay’s Q&A.
Discovery Tour will be free to download for any Origins owner sometime on the 21st of February. Additionally, it will be available as a separate purchase on Uplay and Steam for a lower cost than the full game. This will allow universities and schools to access this teaching tool without tempting their students with the MA15+ game. For more information on Discover Tour and Origins, check out the official Assassin’s Creed website as well as Luke’s review of the full game.