Assassin’s Creed Origins interview – Meet Abubakar Salim, the man behind Bayek of Siwa

Who’s that handsome fellow?  Why it’s Abubakar Salim, the charismatic, engaging actor behind Assassin’s Creed Origins protagonist, Bayek of Siwa.

A few weeks ago I popped to London’s British Museum for BAFTA’s 10 Years of Assassin’s Creed event, where I met Abu to talk about his work on the game.  While he has plenty of experience in TV, with roles across the likes of Fox’s 24, BBC’s Strike, Netflix’s Black Mirror and Sky One’s Jamestown, Origins marks Abu’s first appearance in a video game. As an actor, anyway – he’s appeared in many as a gamer in his spare time.

We had a chat about how he got the role, the process of working on the game, and how he feels about the story-telling ability of the medium.

You’ll be able to hear Abu’s dulcet tones in Assassin’s Creed Origins when it arrives on Xbox One, PS4 and PC this Friday, the 27th of October.

To find out more, check out our previous Assassin’s Creed Origins coverage – and stay tuned to Ubisoft Blog for all the latest.

Assassin's Creed Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins

Release date — October 27th, 2017
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
PEGI 18+
Amongst the Great Pyramids, the last pharaohs, and myths of Ancient Egypt, the Assassin's Brotherhood was born. Follow Bayek, a protector of Egypt, as the origin story of the Brotherhood unfolds against the backdrop of one of history’s greatest empires, plunging players into a living world where epic battles will be fought and ancient secrets discovered. Experience Assassin's Creed Origins' new action-RPG elements that allow players to level and customize their own version of Bayek with unique gear and powerful weapons before taking on foes in a new combat system designed to offer more tactical freedom than ever before in the franchise. Likewise, a new quest experience gives players the opportunity to explore and uncover the mysteries of Ancient Egypt at their own pace.
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Phil is so incredibly old that his earliest gaming memories involve those late-70s TV Pong clone machines made by Binatone, typing BASIC games into the one-piece keyboard of a Sinclair ZX80 from magazine listings, and the static burble of Commodore 64 tape loading. He does Marketing things in Ubisoft's Guildford office. He's been at the company for 20 years. The numpty.