Players may be wary of Ubisoft’s repeated boasts that Origins is going to be the largest Assassin’s Creed ever, and, normally, I’d be right there with them. When it comes to video games, size does not equate to quality. However, when I heard that the team behind Assassin’s Creed Origins is Ubisoft Montreal, I became practically giddy with excitement. Players may remember them as the same team behind Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. With that in mind, there is no better group of developers suited to tackling the vastness of Egypt.
Ubisoft Montreal managed to fill the long stretches of endless ocean in Black Flag with engaging naval battles, intriguing treasure hunts, exciting bounty hunter missions, and whimsical pirate shanties. A lesser studio would have stumbled when it came to world building, leaving the player to their own devices on the lengthy voyages from one side of the map to the other. Yet Ubisoft Montreal went the extra nautical mile to ensure their world felt alive.
So for as large as Origins is promised to be, players can rest easy knowing that they won’t be left to make their own fun. Ubisoft Montreal is going to make the desert sands come alive with a life all their own. Hell, if it’s anything like Black Flag, navigating the world might be even more fun than some of the actual story missions.