Following earlier reports that Assassin’s Creed: Origins will feature multiple player characters, the identity of the first alternative characters has been revealed.
The developers have revealed that protagonist Bayek’s wife, Aya, will be playable for particular missions, though her involvement will not be as pronounced as the deuteragonistic relationship between the Frye siblings in 2015’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. Furthermore, gamers will take on more roles than Bayek and Aya, with the game’s director, Ashraf Ismail, recently telling GameInformer that the project will “have other playable characters, [but Ubisoft is] not yet announcing who they are.”
This shift is just one of many for the game, which is attempting to reinvent the mainline Assassin’s Creed series, after 2016 was the first year without a new entry since 2009. In addition to this structural change, the development team has completely reworked the combat mechanics, side quest design, and loot implementation, with many more RPG-like features now present.
The developers have previously announced that players will be able to use Bayek’s pet eagle, Senu, for reconnaissance throughout the game.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a soft reboot of the series, attempting to tell the story of the beginnings of the Assassin Brotherhood in Ancient Egypt during the reign of Cleopatra. The game will reportedly feature the largest landmass ever featured in the series, at more than double the size of Black Flag’s Havana.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is scheduled for release on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.