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Assassin’s Creed Educational Discovery Tour Mode Launches Today

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Not many blockbuster games get an educational mode as a free add-on. Today Ubisoft released Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt. It’s available now as a free download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners of Assassin’s Creed Origins. It can also be purchased as a separate tool from the game on PC.

The Discovery Tour mode allows players to freely explore the world of Ancient Egypt where Origins takes place, without any combat, missions, or time limits. You can also play as 25 different avatars, including Caesar and Cleopatra.

“With the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, we give everyone interested in Ancient Egypt the chance to enjoy its beauty and the realization that video games can be a source of inspiring knowledge,” explains Jean Guesdon, Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The Discovery Tour is billed as a new type of edutainment tool. In addition to exploring the detailed virtual world, it also features 75 themed tours created by Ubisoft, in collaboration with History experts and Egyptologists.

“We’ve been in touch with teachers from the very first installment of Assassin’s Creed games. Many of them already used the games during their History classes but soon came to realize that what they needed was an easily accessible educative tool based in our historical reconstructions,” explains Maxime Durand, in-house Historian at Ubisoft Montreal. “With the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, you can visualize and understand thousands of things from Egyptian history in their actual context. As both a game and a learning tool, it is quite a unique asset for teachers to integrate as part of their history classes.”

Discovery Tour mode is free to download starting today for existing Assassin’s Creed Origins owners on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Non-owners can still enjoy the educational mode by purchasing it separately on PC for $19.99.

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Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale Has Thousands of Discounted Games

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The Lunar New Year, which celebrates the beginning of the Chinese New Year, is also the time for another Steam sale. The Lunar New Year Sale features thousands of discounted PC games up to 75% off. There’s definitely a missed opportunity here for highlighting dog-centric games, as 2018 marks the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese calendar. The relatively brief sale ends February 19.

Each day new deals are highlighted, though all the discounted games can be found right now. Recent highlights include Wolfenstein II ($29.99, 50% off), ARK: Survival Evolved ($19.79, 67% off), Pyre ($5.99, 50% off), and Cuphead ($16.99, 15% off).

Also hitting Steam at the same time is an update to Wishlists. If your wishlist of games has become unwieldy (as mine has), you’ll appreciate the new sorting options. It works particularly well during a Steam sale, as you can filter by games with 25%, 50% or 75% off. You can also sort if a game is in Early Access or officially released. Finally, you can add games to your shopping cart directly from your wishlist. If games have multiple versions available (like a Deluxe version) then the link takes you to that game’s store page instead.

The Steam Lunar New Year sale ends February 19.