It might be a bit premature to be thinking about story DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins, considering how little we still know about the base game’s main plot. But Assassin’s Creed games of the past have pushed the main campaigns in interesting directions with DLC story expansions—think The Tyranny of King Washington for Assassin’s Creed III or Jack the Ripper for Syndicate—that it’s hard not to imagine the possibilities of additional tales in ancient Egypt.
That being said, we can still guess, given what we’ve seen so far, what the main story of Assassin’s Creed Origins will look like. So far, the historical figures we know for a fact will be making an appearance in Origins are Cleopatra VII Philopator (a.k.a. the person you think of when you hear the name “Cleopatra”), Julius Caesar, and one of her brothers who we’re assuming is Ptolemy XIII, with whom Cleopatra was embroiled in a civil war that seems to act as the backdrop for Origins’ story. The Order of the Ancients—sort of proto-Templars who “seek the power of the ancient gods” (which, come on, Pieces of Eden, right?)—seem to be backing Ptolemy, while Cleopatra and Caesar are working together (and making babies together) in order to take back the Egyptian throne. This is where Bayek comes in, as he seems to be an agent for Cleopatra and Caesar, at least as long as their goals remain the same.
That’s our best guess at how the main story in Assassin’s Creed Origins will play out, and with that in mind, here are three DLCs we’d like to see for Assassin’s Creed Origins:
The Battle of Actium
Cleopatra’s other—and perhaps more famous—lover was Mark Antony, a Roman general who came to power after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Augustus Octavian, who Caesar had named his rightful heir before he was murdered, and Mark Antony got along at first, though relations soon became strained as each vied for more power in Rome. It also didn’t help that Mark Antony was married to Octavian’s sister when the former knocked up Cleopatra.
The strains in Mark Antony and Octavian’s relationship (and Octavian’s desire for complete control over Rome) ultimately resulted in Octavian invading Egypt. The final confrontation between Mark Antony and Octavian took place during the Battle of Actium, a naval contest that took place on the Ionian Sea, which is proximal to Egypt. Octavian won, Mark Antony committed suicide by falling on his sword, and a little while later Cleopatra suffered the same fate, though her method of suicide is still debated to this day.
There are several reasons we’d love to see this as a story expansion for Assassin’s Creed Origins. Cleopatra’s eventual downfall leads to the end of the Ptolemaic reign in Egypt and the beginning of Roman rule, which resulted in the elimination of much of ancient Egyptian culture in favor of Roman government and (especially) taxes. Bayek’s fight to reclaim Egypt from the Order of the Ancients and thereby reinstating Cleopatra, and the irony that this ultimately leads to Egypt’s downfall as a somewhat-sovereign territory, could lend itself as a tragic end to Bayek’s saga and the true creation of the Assassin’s Guild.
On top of that, Augustus Octavian—the first Roman emperor—actually brought an extended period of peace to Rome, avoiding large-scale wars for a couple of centuries. In other words, he was actually a pretty decent ruler, for the time at least. Perhaps Bayek could have a change of heart and decides that this Octavian guy can’t be any worse than Cleopatra, who was constantly looking to get Egypt unnecessarily involved in Roman politics.
Yes, we know that the pyramids—ancient aliens’ supposed gifts to humanity, if you believe in that kind of stuff—were built over 2,000 years before Origins takes place. And yes, we know that Assassin’s Creed hasn’t dealt so much in aliens as they have in godlike, humanoid ancient beings called the Isu that created humans to act as slaves until Adam and Eve stole the Apple of Eden, a piece of Isuian technology was being used to control humankind with its special mind powers. Obviously, aliens are way too far-fetched to fit in with the grounded narrative that Assassin’s Creed is known for.
Still, it’s not like the Isu couldn’t show up in some form in this game. And if the Isu were so advanced so much earlier than humans, why is it impossible to believe that, at some point, the Isu tried to contact life outside planet Earth? This could be a neat way to introduce aliens into the mix, especially considering that this is DLC and, you know, who cares? It could be retconned away with a trick ending, just like The Tyranny of King Washington. Shhh. There were no aliens, Bayek. It was all just a dream.
Perhaps the aliens are simply checking in a few thousand years later, or perhaps they arrive to retrieve a piece of technology the Isu had promised them long ago. Besides, we had to mention ancient aliens because, well, duh.
The ancient aliens concept brings with it its own possibility for an off-the-rails story. Considering all the hard work that Ubisoft seems to be putting into recreating an authentic ancient Egypt, it might be fun after playing through the main game to completely nullify all that hard work by forcing Bayek to retrieve an ancient piece of technology hidden in a tomb. Maybe it even unlocks new abilities for Bayek in the same way that the Tyranny of King Washington unlocked new powers for Connor in Assassin’s Creed III. Heck, even finding and using a Sword of Eden for once would be pretty cool.
I Want My Mummy
The other thing about ancient Egypt that we love—besides the aliens and cat gods—is mummies. They’re corpses wrapped in tissue and superbly preserved, considering how long they’ve been around. What’s not to like? Along those lines, we’d be hard-pressed to think of anything we’d want to see more in Origins DLC than a full-scale mummy invasion a la Red Dead Redemption‘s zombie expansion, Undead Nightmare.
But we’re talking story-based DLC, so what would the story here look like? Perhaps, while he’s rummaging around an ancient tomb, Bayek stumbles upon an as-of-yet undiscovered Piece of Eden that raises the dead. However, once he uses the Piece of Eden, it’s burnt out and he has to find another way to “reverse the curse,” so to speak. Either that, or another character can raise the dead. It doesn’t matter. We just want mummies.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is launching for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 27th.