Assassin's Creed Origins is now available for purchase
Assassin's Creed Origins is a new title by Ubisoft that arrives today as the tenth major installment in the popular Assassin's Creed series. The game arrives two years after its predecessor (Assassin's Creed Syndicate) and ten years after the first one in the series that launched back in November 2007 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, arriving on the Windows platform in April 2008. Fortunately for PC gamers, Assassin's Creed Origins debuts simultaneously on the Windows platform and consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One).
The plot of the game is set in Egypt during the Ptolemaic period (between 305 BC and 30 BC) and focuses on the early struggles between the Brotherhood of Assassins and The Order of the Ancients (the predecessors of The Templar Order that is the antagonist organization in the other Assassin's Creed games). Many critics and early game reviews on Steam praise the game as the best AC game so far or at least the best one since 2013's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. However, the game's current Steam reviews are mixed, many PC users complaining of various bugs and optimization issues.
According to Steam's list of minimum requirements, Assassin's Creed Origins should run well enough on an Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-6350 processor, 6 GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660/AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics on lowest video settings at 720p. To run the game on high settings at 1080p, the recommended specs are still manageable - Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350, 8 GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760/AMD Radeon R9 280X. Sadly, many Steam users with far superior rigs complain of frame drops or audio problems.
In addition to the regular release priced at US$59.99, there are two more versions available for purchase on Steam - Deluxe (US69.99) and Gold (US$89.99). The Seasons Pass and Deluxe Pass can also be purchased separately. The Deluxe pack comes with 3 ability points, a special pack that includes a mount and some gear, and a special mission. The Gold release also comes with the Season Pass included, giving access to all major expansions that would arrive in the future.
In the Ubisoft Store, fans can also find three more special editions - Gods, Dawn of the Creed, and Dawn of the Creed - Legendary. These come with a physical art book and other goodies, but the price can go up to US$799.99 for the last edition mentioned above, which is limited to 999 copies and only 200 of those are available for North America. No need mention that these special editions are listed as "sold out" already, right?
The game contains violence, sex, and bad language, so it ended up with an "18 and older" PEGI rating. At last, Steam users will be delighted to find out that the game also comes with 50 Steam achievements.
Assassin's Creed Origins (on Steam)