Finally Doing Away With Eagle Vision
Eagle Vision has been a tried and true mechanic of the Assassin’s Creed series since its beginning, but it’s one that definitely needed to go by the wayside. Since its use in the first Assassin’s Creed, a style of Eagle Vision has been used in countless games, causing it to become a bit of a tired mechanic in the series. Using the vision to track down an enemy, mark him, then assassinate them, has been done time and again throughout the series. Basically, the mechanic stopped being engaging and just felt like busywork inserted into each game.
Assassin’s Creed Origins takes the step of completely doing away with Eagle Vision, opting for a new system that’s more like scouting. By calling Bayek’s eagle, Senu, you can take control of the bird, flying above the areas you want to investigate. From the air you’ll be able to scout areas, highlighting enemies and points of interest that Bayek himself will then be able to see. A similar mechanic was used in Watch Dogs 2, letting you use a drone to scope out areas and tag enemies. Still, it’s a step that Assassin’s Creed needed to take, leaving a tired mechanic behind in favor of something newer.