I have always been a big gamer, when time allows, and one of my absolute favourite games has been the Assassin’s Creed series of games. I’ve pretty much played every one. The level of detail in the worlds they build has always been impressive, and it’s sometimes a shame that you couldn’t just explore Florence or Rome or Victorian London without accidentally straying into people that want to kill you. This has made it hard to share these game in a classroom setting. Finally, with their new game set in Ancient Egypt, Ubisoft have added just that with Discovery Tour.
Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt is now available as a free update for Assassin’s Creed Origins owners (or as a standalone purchase via Steam on PC), giving players the option to experience its sprawling, Ancient Egyptian open world as a living museum. Designed as an evolution of the series’ Animus Database, as well as a way to make the game more accessible to teachers and students, Discovery Tour’s exhibits feature illuminated pathways that players can follow at their own pace, with stations that showcase (for example) the histories of Egypt’s landmarks, its geography, the day-to-day activities of its people, and the lives of its historical figures.
Players can explore Ancient Egypt non-violently as one of 25 different avatars, with 75 interactive tours that dive into the history behind the game’s reconstruction of the ancient world.
The tours have been curated by historians and Egyptologists, each focusing on a different subject, including the Great Pyramids, the life of Cleopatra, mummification, and more. Additionally, Discovery Tour lets players roam the entire game world without constraints or threats, exploring a sprawling landscape that includes Memphis, Alexandria, the Sand Sea, and the Giza Plateau at their own pace. The graphics are stunning, and I could happily spend hours exploring.
When you start to tour, you will have a path that will lead you from station to station, in order to learn more. So when finding out about the mummification process, the students will be lead from the cleaning of the body to the removal of the organs, up to the ritual of the opening of the mouth.
The creators of the game have spent years recreating Ancient Egypt and validating the content with historians and it’s excellent to be able to share the content with students who might otherwise have been unable to experience this world. The Discovery Tour on its own still has a PEGI 12 rating (rather than the 18 rating of the main AC game) which still might cause issues in some schools. Check the content first to see if it’s suitable for your class.
Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC as a free download for players who own Assassin’s Creed Origins, and is also available as a standalone game on PC via Uplay and Steam for £15.99.