While we saw clips of Bayek navigating small fishing boats, we finally have footage of Bayek being a capable warrior on land and sea in the latest footage of Assassins Creed Origins Naval Combat, shown by a YouTube video.
Assassins Creed Origins is the return of the series after the studio took a break following the release of Assassins Creed Syndicate in 2015, they wanted to take 2016 off for the series to better work on Origins and it seems that the wait has paid off as we see the return of naval combat.
The game follows the story of Bayek and him working in cooperation with Cleopatra and Julius Ceaser to dethrone the current Pharoh, along the way Bayek will have plenty to explore and find in the form of gear and weapons as well as leveling up, thanks to a new RPG mechanic that Ubisoft has introduced to help make the series more engaging and encourage players to actually experiment with different options for Bayek and making sure they have the ultimate Assassin.
The game will also be the first in the series to explore the creation of the Assassins Order and show us a first look at the catalyst behind the war of the Assassins and Templars that has been plaguing the sides for centuries.
In a game that’s reinventing the Assassin’s Creed series as much as the upcoming Origins is, fans will be glad to see some classic mechanics return. After getting a tease from game director Ashraf Ismail back in July, this new gameplay trailer is shedding more light on the direction of the games’ naval combat.
Long-time fans of the series will feel a deja vu with the ship-to-ship fighting portrayed in the video. Even though the boats aren’t as big as their Black Flag counterparts, the smoothness of the mechanic still remains. Players will take control of Aya during her mission to bribe Pompey before they are accosted by an enemy ship.
Even with the obvious lack of firepower that Black Flag’s cannons brought, Origins promises to bring explosive naval combat with a classic twist. Using the left and right toggles, players can command their fleet to shoot flaming arrows from the sides of the ship. Egyptian artillery also makes an appearance with front-facing firebombs that Aya can fire at will.
Finally, when a ship is low on health, the player can ram their own ship’s hull into the remaining wood to defeat the enemy boat. This tactic was heavily featured back in Black Flag as an effective way to collect loot. To the victor goes the spoils, and so does the fame. Each defeat will allow the player to customize their ship and built a stronger vehicle. And with an entire Mediterranean to explore, players will be hoping to create the strongest ship they can.
Fans are excited about the potential prospects of this game – bringing all forms of previous gameplay with an original twist. Assassin’s Creed: Origins may not have sea shanties, but we are singing its praises!
You can see from the gameplay footage there is a lot of promising content for fans of this mechanic, as this has become a series favorite feature ever since Assassins Creed Black Flag. The absence of the ship combat from Assassins Creed Unity and Syndicate truly made fans wish for the return to the series, and it seems Ubisoft was more than glad to help deliver it once more to fans who were aching to get behind the wheel once more.
Another welcome return to the game is swimming and underwater ambient music. So if you get tired of the giant sandy desert, a sea awaits for you to dive below and look for sunken treasure, gear, loot and more.
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With all of these details in mind, what are your thoughts on Assassins Creed Origins? Will it be enough to justify a year-long break from the developer? Let us know in the comments section below.