Report: 'Assassin's Creed: Origins' is a Prequel Set in Egypt

The setting is supposedly in Egypt and the surrounding areas around the time of the Fifth Dynasty.

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It appears that the rumored Assassin's Creed Empire was just a codename. The real title will be Assassin's Creed: Origins, with the eternal struggle between the Assassins and Templars this time set around the Fifth Dynasty in Egypt, and there is a shaky cam screenshot to go with it all, according to a report.

The screenshot was leaked on the game's official reddit by a user named shoutouttoashraf, according to Eurogamer, but the account has since been deleted. The name could be a reference to an Ubisoft employee named Ashraf Ismail, who is listed as working on an announced project at the Montreal studio, and had worked previously on Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Eurogamer said it was able to confirm the authenticity of the game's name, and that it would be prequel coming later this year for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The screenshot shows a mission called Assassinate the Crocodile, where the player must "follow Shadya to Khenut's villa." A quick search of Wikipedia shows that Khenut was one the queens to King Unas in Egypt during the Fifth Dynasty. It shows the main character on a boat, although whether they will make a return in the capacity they did in Black Flag remains a mystery.

Of course, E3 is next month, and Ubisoft is expected to have its usual pre-E3 press conference again this year, although it hasn't made the official announcement yet. A new Assassin's Creed after a year's hiatus would be a nice addition to the show, with the only question being whether Ubisoft would open or close with it, and how much Aisha Tyler will fawn all over it.

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    May 9, 2017 1:30 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Report: 'Assassin's Creed: Origins' is a Prequel Set in Egypt

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      May 9, 2017 1:34 PM

      Oh man I hope that turns out to be true.

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      May 9, 2017 1:38 PM

      Interesting, although there's not a lot of high things to climb unless we're just going to be climbing pyramids. Maybe the odd obelisk.

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        May 9, 2017 1:38 PM

        Wouldn't be too different than Black Flag, I don't think. Lots of 2 story buildings with the occasional tower here and there.

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        May 10, 2017 5:32 AM

        That's a popular misconception based on stone buildings were the only things left standing over the centuries. Most buildings were made from mud and straw brick that wouldn't last more than a couple of generations. They would be up to 3 stories tall.

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          May 10, 2017 7:03 AM

          Yeah, but I figure the vast majority wouldn't be more than 1 story tall, but they'll probably be all thematic and shit about it.

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      May 9, 2017 4:13 PM

      That's about 4,000 years or so before the Egyptian / African setting I was hoping for, but I'll take it!

      Curious as to why they'd do a game in that part / time of the world and not have it be a new "Prince Of Persia" instead of Assassin's Creed.

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      May 9, 2017 4:28 PM

      I don't want to confirm or deny this rumor, but I will say that it's looking to be freaking amazing.

      Ubi Montreal did something unusual to ensure the highest of quality for the game : it could have been ready last Christmas, but they literally gave the team a full extra year of polish. I'm assuming to make sure it doesn't turn out like Unity was originally.

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      May 9, 2017 4:49 PM

      I hope you get to fight mummies.

      Actually what I want is a game based off of Brenden Frasier's mummy movie

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      May 9, 2017 6:21 PM

      I really wanted them to make a world war 2 one. Im pretty sure I just want to play The Saboteur again.

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      May 10, 2017 1:38 AM

      yay, boat stealth missions

      /shoots self

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      May 10, 2017 2:18 AM

      Good choice, lots of potential!

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      May 10, 2017 3:38 AM

      Yess time to kill the Pharaoh and Moses!

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      May 10, 2017 5:24 AM

      Dive off top of pyramid, roll down the whole thing into a cart full of hay