It’s been a few months since Ubisoft released the universally well-received Assassin’s Creed: Origins. And to their credit, those few months have not been devoid of life: the game has been supplemented fairly constantly by the Trials of the Gods events and fairly unusual collaborations with Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV, not to mention Reda the wandering child-salesman (edit: he is a child, he does not sell children) and his daily quests.
Sobek. God of ripped crocodile-people.
But the die-hard among us have already completed multiple play-throughs of the game, and are now tapping their feet impatiently as they wait for something with a little more, well, substance.
Every elephant, killed. Every viewpoint, scaled. Now what?
This is where the first DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Origins comes in. Named The Hidden Ones, the new content brings us brand new weapons, new outfits, a higher level cap, and an extension of the current narrative that sees Bayek and Aya (sorry, Amunet) travel to the Sinai region to test their newly formed Brotherhood against the invading Roman forces. Check out the trailer:
Why are the bad guys always British? The Hidden Ones marks the official start of the DLC season for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and is the first of two central DLC drops slated for the game. The second is titled The Curse of the Pharoahs, and will include another brand new region in the form of the Valley of the Kings (as well as a potentially bizarre new story). Check out fellow TVGB-er Haya’s post on the subject for more.
As I mentioned in my review of the base game, Assassin’s Creed: Origins is hindered only by its occasionally lacklustre narrative. As such, The Hidden Ones would be the perfect opportunity to prove that it is possible to give Bayek a convincing villainous counterpart; that the age-old fight between the Assassins and the Templars is still worth revisiting at its roots in Ancient Egypt. Oh, and I’ll be mightily disappointed if we don’t get a single new mechanic/feature to mark the beginning of the Assassin’s Creed.
I hope you’re listening, Ubisoft.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ first DLC, The Hidden Ones, is out on January 23rd for console and PC. The season pass is priced at GBP £34.99, whilst the pack itself will come in at closer to £15.