After a two-year break, Ubisoft’s historical murder franchise is returning with Assassin’s Creed Origins on October 27. Today, Ubisoft have detailed all the additional content coming to the game post-release, including both paid story content included with the season pass and free updates offering a variety of new challenges.
The most eye-catching of the free content is called the Trials of the Gods, where a glitch in the Matrix - sorry, the Animus - has you doing battle against massive Egyptian deities during special timed events. This will be available starting 15 days from the game’s launch. On the initial release date, however, you can enjoy the daily challenges of the Nomad’s Bizarre as well as a Photo Mode, both of which will be come as a free update on launch day.
In early 2018, you’ll also be able to fight in the Gladiator Arena in a horde mode. (Yes, no euphemisms, they’re just calling it horde mode.) The fascinating history-themed Discovery Tour will also be available in early 2018.
Paid content will include a pair of story expansions. The first pack, the Hidden Ones, will be available in January 2018 and focuses on the Brotherhood clashing with Roman forces three years after the main story’s conclusion. It’ll feature a new region and an extended level cap. The second pack is called Curse of the Pharaohs, and will have you doing battle against undead rulers, Anubis warriors, and giant scorpions in a new mystical world. This pack releases March 2018 and will also include both a further extended level cap and new abilities.
The season pass will also include a pair of new equipment packs to release in November, a bonus of 500 in-game Helix Credits, and the exclusive Calamity Blade weapon. The price of the season pass hasn’t been officially announced, but I imagine the cost of the Gold Edition ($99.99 / £74.99 / €89.99) which includes the pass would give you a pretty solid clue.
We’ll have to wait and see how substantial those story expansions are before judging the paid additions, but the free content sound like a pretty nice set of updates for the core game. (Especially given that you can’t spend real money in-game.)