Ubisoft announced that Discovery Tour Mode will be heading to Assassin's Creed Originson February 20th, 2018 as a free update for all owners of the game on all platforms. Additionally, a standalone version of the feature will be available exclusively on PC (through Steam and Uplay) for $19.99 USD.
The mode itself is dedicated to teaching players about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and will feature 75 different guided tours exploring the different facets of Egypt. The mode lets players explore and discover more about Egypt's culture at their own pace, and five main themes will guide players through each of the tours based around the subjects of Egypt, the Pyramids, Alexandria, Egyptian Daily Life, and the Romans.
Each of the tours range from about 5-25 minutes in length, and players can also choose their own avatars (from a roster of 25) to use while exploring in the mode, from characters in Assassin's Creed Origins like Bayek and Aya, to historical figures like Cleopatra and Caesar that make an appearance in the game. Players can also utilize Photo Mode to take pictures during their explorations in Discovery Tour Mode to capture the landscapes of Egypt, while the mode will even feature three new Achievements/Trophies for players to unlock.
Ubisoft Montreal's production coordinator and historical researcher Maxime Durand shared more on the Discovery Tour Mode and its history in a new blog post today. Overall, about five to six historians and Egyptologists contributed to the development and content of Discovery Tour Mode alongside the numerous historians and historical advisers that contributed to the base game. Durand also highlighted that in addition to the different tours and stations featuring historical details and facts about the Egyptian setting, various "Behind-the-Scenes" modules will also be available to give viewers the game designers' perspectives on implementing Egyptian history into the game, and to explain some of the discrepancies or inspirations that took place while making the game.
The tours themselves were curated by historians and then adapted and written by the development team to be "very accessible," while also being "compelling and short and very visually attractive." One of the primary aims that Ubisoft wanted to provide was to make "the Discovery Tour to be accessible for anyone," whether that be for teachers, students, or players simply looking to understand more of the history that takes place behind the events of the game or to experience Egyptian culture as a whole.
The tours themselves unfold much like missions in the main game, where players enter into the map and follow a path that leads them to different "stations." At each station, players will can activate them to know more about a certain landmark or area, which then goes into detail on the specific historical background or details of that section of the tour, which is lead by an audio guide and narration. Durand also emphasized that players have complete freedom to explore and see whatever they want, wherever they want, as no enemies or adversaries will attack players in Discovery Tour Mode. Players can also fast-travel to various points in the map or to go to specific stations, and Durand also stated that the team went to tweaking and implementing some new UI changes and other visual features specifically for the Discovery Tour Mode.
Assassin's Creed Origins is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and its upcoming Discovery Tour Mode will be available on February 20th, 2018 as a free update on all systems, or as a standalone download on PC for $19.99. For more on the new feature, you can check out some new images of the Discovery Tour Mode below.