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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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The Assassin’s Creed series is known for meticulously crafted worlds based on interesting eras of history. October 27 will see the release of Assassins’ Creed Origins, based in Ancient Egypt. This week Ubisoft announced a new non-combative exploration mode called Discovery Tour, coming early 2018 as a free update.
Discovery Tour will let players explore the world of Ptolemaic Egypt with audio guided tours, completely free of combat, story, or time restraints.
“From the beginning the Assassin’s Creed franchise has always explored pivotal moments in history, from the Third Crusade to the Italian Renaissance, and this year Ancient Egypt.” said Jean Guesdon, Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Origins. “It’s a dream come true for us to offer Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, an educational mode built specifically for people to learn more about the incredible history of Ancient Egypt through the interactive experience made possible via a video game.”
In Discovery Mode players can explore all the locations within the game, including the Nile Delta, Giza plateau, and cities of Alexandria and Memphis. The guided audio tours are curated by professional historians and Egyptologists. Each narration will focus on a different aspect of Ancient Egypt life, such as mummification or the Great Pyramids.
This sounds like an incredibly cool feature to create an interactive learning tool within a AAA game world. Eliminating timing, quests, and combat would allow students and adults to learn about history while enjoying walking around Ancient Egypt. Given Ubisoft’s impressive attention to historical detail in all the Assassin’s Creed games, it’s a shame it took this many games to bring us this feature.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is launching October 27 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s been rated M for Mature. The Discovery Tour mode will be added as a free update early 2018.