First screenshot of Assassin’s Creed: Origins leaks, confirms Egypt setting

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Last week WWG reported that Assassin’s Creed would indeed be returning this year, and be taking the series back a few hundred years to Ancient Egypt. The game, which was thought to be called Empire following a report from Kotaku last year, had been renamed to Origins, and would serve as a prequel to the franchise. Fast forward a week and it seems the first screenshot for the game has now leaked too, confirming virtually all the details that have come before it.

The off-screen screenshot shows an assassin on a boat, which serves to confirm that some form of naval combat would be returning to the series (given its popularity in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag). The assassin in question also seems to be wielding a bow and arrow, along with a shield that they carry on their back. The shot bears the mission title “Assassinate the crocodile” on it too, with “Follow Shadya to Khenut’s villa” as a sub-text. Khenut was an ancient Egyptian queen, which serves to confirm that the game will be taking place there too.

Assassin's Creed Origins leak

The screenshot made the rounds before being picked up by Eurogamer, who confirmed with their sources that it was in fact real. Their report corroborates the one by WWG last week, with their sources confirming the setting, prequel nature of the game and launch platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Liam Robertson, the original author of the WWG report, said that he hadn’t heard anything about a Nintendo Switch version, but didn’t think the game he saw could run on the hybrid console.

With E3 around the corner, it won’t be long until Ubisoft reveal Assassin’s Creed Origins formally, with the stage at the conference show acting as a perfect spot for our first look at gameplay. That’s if that too doesn’t leak before then.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

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  • Jim of the Banana

    There’s only one thing I love more than Norse mythology and history and it’s Egyptian mythology and history!

    My body is ready!!! 😀

  • TJames47

    Great news that they brought back naval combat. Black flag may not be the best AC but damn those battles were epic.

    • Jim of the Banana

      I still go back to Black Flag for those naval battles… There are just days when you need to unleash some cannon balls on some fools…

      • TJames47

        Listening to some shanties while you stalk your prey. All fun and games until you stray into that Legendary ship range….

    • Matthew Holliday

      Making your ship epic made the grind of clearing the map and exploring all the towns worth it.
      There was a reward, something tangible (ingame tangible)
      Thats where Unity and Syndicate went wrong.
      Syndicate atleast tried something new with the train, but it wasnt enough for me to finish the game.

      Stoked.

      • TJames47

        Spot on man! I started Syndicate this past weekend after I forgot I had it. So far I am really liking it.

  • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    E3 seems so pharoahway.

  • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    Assassin’s Creed: Pyramid Scheme

    • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

      New ability: asphinxiation

  • Peter Pan

    I said yesterday in another post, this year will be a new Assassin’s Creed game and next year will be the new Far Cry game! Count on it.

  • Matthew Holliday

    Well its no Japan/China, but Egypt sounds cool.

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