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Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt Q&A

02/13/2018 12:00 PM

On February 20, we will be releasing the Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt as a free title update for Assassin's Creed Origins. The Discovery Tour is an educational experience that allows players to free-roam Ancient Egypt to learn more about its history.

We sat down with the developers of this unique experience to answer frequently asked questions.

What is the Discovery Tour?

The Discovery Tour is a dedicated mode of the game that lets players free-roam the world of Egypt to learn more about its history and daily life thanks to guided tours curated by historians and Egyptologists. Its focus is entirely on exploration, in a world free of conflict, time pressure, or gameplay constraints. This way everyone can discover Ancient Egypt at their own pace.

What inspired you to create this unique experience?

It was a dream of ours for quite a long time, and we’re super lucky that our top management was totally on board. We want to share all the hard work and dedication our teams have put into meticulously recreating Egypt with everyone!

How many guided tours are there?

The Discovery Tour features 75 guided tours curated by experts tied to five themes:

  • Egypt: the land of Egypt, geography, and wildlife.
  • Pyramids: the most iconic landmarks of Egypt.
  • Alexandria: explaining the Greek influence that started with Alexander the Great.
  • Daily Life: information about the people and not only the monuments.
  • Romans: few tours about the growing influence of Rome at the time of the game.

How long does it take to complete a guided tour?

The time to complete a tour ranges from 5 to 25 minutes.

How many characters will we be able to play as?

Players will be able to explore Egypt with several different avatars ranging from the main characters of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Bayek and Aya, to important historical figures who also appear, such as Cleopatra and Caesar. There’s a total of 25 avatars.

Is the Discovery Tour only available to owners of Assassin's Creed Origins, or can I buy it as stand-alone?

The Discovery Tour will be added as a free title update for all Assassin’s Creed Origins owners. For those who don’t own Assassin’s Creed Origins and are interested in exploring Ancient Egypt, the Discovery Tour will be made available exclusively on Uplay PC and Steam as a standalone version for US$19.99/19.99€.

Is it possible to use Photo Mode in the Discovery Tour?

Absolutely, all of your favorite photo mode features from the main game are available in the Discovery Tour.

Please note that photos taken in the Discovery Tour won’t appear on the Photo Mode website. However, they will show up on the world map while in the Discovery Tour mode.

Will photos taken in the Discovery Tour be visible in the main game?

Photos taken in the Discovery Tour will be visible to all players within the Discovery Tour. Photos taken in the main game won’t be visible in the Discovery Tour and vice versa.

Can you use some of the features from the main game in the Discovery Tour?

Yes, in addition to the guided tours, you are able to freely explore the world of Ancient Egypt using most of the features from the main game.

You can ride a horse or camel, sail a felucca, climb a pyramid, parkour in cities, light a torch to enter a tomb, swim in the Nile, fly your eagle Senu, and more! You can also fast travel to various locations using the Discovery Tour map. The photo mode will be available if you want to take pictures too!

Is there any progression system or rewards in the Discovery Tour? E.g., rewards that would carry over to the main game?

Players will be able to see their progression in the guided tours but there are no in-game rewards tied to them. However, there will be trophies/achievements to please our achievement hunters.

What are the PC requirements for the standalone version?

The system requirements for the standalone version are exactly the same as for the main game. You’ll find them on our official forums.

How do you access the Discovery Tour on consoles and PC?

We added a dedicated entry to the main menu of the game. To access the Discovery Tour in-game, you’ll have to return to the title screen through the pause menu.

We asked Jean Guesdon, the creative director of Assassin’s Creed Origins, for his favorite guided tours. If you don’t know where to start on February 20, these are great choices!

  • Alexandria: A Commercial Hub
  • The Great Library of Alexandria
  • The Riddles of the Sphinx
  • Khafre’s Funerary Complex
  • Mummies of Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Egyptian Cultivation
  • The Egyptian Household

Note: When you start the Discovery Tour for the very first time, you’ll have to complete a guided tour chosen by us that serves as an introduction. You will have the freedom of choice after completing it.

Be sure to join the discussion about the Discovery Tour on the official forums. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on Assassin’s Creed Origins.

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