Assassin’s Creed Origins
Have a look at Assassin’s Creed Origins’ third major content DLC as the map gets expanded and undead are added into Assassin’s Creed Origins to round it out
It may have been pushed back slightly, but the next major DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins is on the way and hitting us on March 13th to make the world a bigger and darker place. This is the Curse Of The Pharaohs DLC and it sounds pretty dark in general and now Ubisoft has taken the time to fully tell us what will be coming with it all. That and, as usual, we have a new trailer of gameplay to look at for the expansion of Assassin’s Creed Origins. That and to help us figure out if we are going to drop an extra $19.99 USD on the DLC if we have not opted to pick up the Season Pass as of yet. I know there are still some holdouts out there who may still be wondering if they should…
Obviously this new DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins will be expanding the world’s map as the others have, and this one will open up Thebes and the Valley Of The Kings. Why will it be doing that? Well, it looks like all of those dead Pharaohs do not want to be dead anymore. That is why they are coming back into the land of the living and causing all kinds of hell for Bayek and all of the poor innocent humans who are not as badass as he is. Bayek will need to stop all of this and also head into the underworld at some points to put these Pharaohs back to rest and also earn some new gear for Assassin’s Creed Origins. That is what some of us out there are all worried about for now even though there is a lot more going on.
To help with all of this, Bayek will have some new skills to unlock as the level cap is raised up to 55. Some of them are just buffs to existing skills, but there are some new ones added in and four new Archery skills that add some highly wanted additions to Assassin’s Creed Origins. I guess that Ubisoft wanted to make sure that we had the tools to take down the undead and then play New Game + to use them all to take down the living. At least that is how it all looks and I will not complain about it all. Have a look at the expanded world and skills for Assassin’s Creed Origins just below and see what will be coming on March 13th.
Assassin’s Creed Origins — Curse Of The Pharaohs
Curse Of The Pharaohs, the third major expansion for Assassin’s Creed Origins, takes Bayek to find a mysterious artifact in Thebes, where he immediately runs into much more than he bargained for. Instead of the shadowy-but-still-human Order of the Ancients, he finds undead pharaohs materializing in the streets and slaughtering civilians. The Pharaoh’s Curse, as the locals call it, likely has something to do with all the grave robbers treating the Valley of the Kings like a strip mine for antiquities, forcing Bayek to hunt down key artifacts linked to each pharaoh in order to put them to rest.
Curse of the Pharaohs’ map is a vast new territory filled with surprises. There’s Thebes, a massive city that boasts famous sights like the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Across the Nile, you’ll find the Valley of the Kings, pitted with the plundered tombs of Egyptian royalty. And as he works to quell the spirits of each restless pharaoh, Bayek finds his way into their individual afterlives, which exist as big, self-contained open worlds connected to portals in their tombs. The Egyptian underworld is dazzling and strange, with exotic loot, majestic barges that float across fields of reeds, and mythical creatures that stand sentry against the living. Keep a careful eye out, or you might have a run-in with the Anubis-like guards that patrol the landscape – or worse, the camel-sized scorpions that make hippos and crocodiles look like stuffed animals.
The afterlife areas are open for fast travel once you discover them, and also work as a crash course in some of the lesser-known sides of Egyptian mythology. For example, did you know that Egyptians believed souls had five separate parts, one of which was a human-faced bird called a “ba?” You will now, because ba are everywhere in the afterlife, and you can even hunt them if you’re feeling mean.
Sometimes, threats from the afterlife spill out into the living world, and the Shadows of the Pharaohs are the first and most threatening example you’ll encounter. The Shadows are physical manifestations of the undead pharaohs, and every so often, they’ll randomly appear as time-limited bosses and go on a rampage. When you get a heads-up that one is loose in the world, you’ll have a brief window of time in which to track them down and temporarily send them back where they came from. Defeat them before they decide to return on their own, and you’ll earn loot and save a few civilians, but be warned: they’re extremely resilient and can deal a lot of damage, making them a challenge even for high-level players. And when you confront them in the afterlife – the final step in putting them to rest – they’re far more powerful than they are in the living world, able to soak up tons of damage and annihilate Bayek’s health with one or two special attacks, so be ready for some of the toughest fights in the game.
To combat these new terrors, Bayek’s level cap has been raised to 55, and seven new abilities can now be unlocked. Some of these are buffs to other abilities, like Dash Boost, which rewards perfect dodges with a damage boost. There’s also Overpower Fury, which heals Bayek and removes any status ailments when he unleashes an adrenaline-charged Overpower attack. Four new archery abilities make Bayek’s bows even more versatile, as he can now infect Predator Bow kills with Flesh Decay, pierce shields with fully charged Hunter Bow shots, get more damage out of his Light Bows by scoring consecutive hits, or inflict bleed damage on any targets who survive his Warrior Bow blasts. Finally, Favor of Osiris rewards you for spending time in the afterlife by gradually refilling Bayek’s tools and arrows while he’s there. In all, the new skills require 15 Ability Points to unlock, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for any glowing question marks on the map to help you earn them more quickly.
Is this the DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins that you have been waiting for or do you think that adding in the undead is playing to a video game trope more than anything? Do you think that there will be additional tour locations mixed into this DLC at a later date to go into the history and beliefs of it all or will it just be something extra to play? Will these new skills make you want to play the game again with all of the extra skills or will they be linked only to this DLC and not much more? Let us have all of those thoughts down in the comments and then discuss. If there is more for Assassin’s Creed Origins, or the franchise in general, we will have it all up here on the site. Just keep checking back in to stay up to date.