Assassin’s Creed Origins – Q&A with Ashraf Ismail about E3 2017 demo

Viewers around the world tuned in to see Assassin’s Creed Origins announced at E3 2017, but folks at the event got a chance to play the first demo and explore the open world of Egypt. The demo cuts players loose in the region of Faiyum, which is an area dominated by Lake Moeris, a glittering body of water that bustles with naval activity. From fishermen hauling in their daily catch to hulking military triremes on patrol, there are ample opportunities for players to interact with the systemic open world.

We talked with Game Director Ashraf Ismail about these open-world opportunities, about why they chose the Faiyum area to show off at E3, and about everyone’s favourite new companion, the eagle Senu. Watch the video below for more and get a look at the Faiyum demo in action.

Assassin’s Creed Origins will be available on October 27 for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. For more on Origins from E3 2017, read our extensive preview on the game below and check out the other articles for more info:

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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