Ubisoft released a brand new, live-action trailer yesterday that helps set the stage for Assassin’s Creed Origins. Set in 49 BCE in Egypt, it’s a time of turmoil and strife as the empire is in the midst of a civil war. Cleopatra, rightful heir to the throne, is trying to reclaim her seat at the top of Egyptian society by wresting control from her brother, Ptolemy XIII, who forced her to flee for a time to Syria.
“You can’t catch me, you can’t lock me down…”
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) October 16, 2017
With the help of a medjay named Bayek, the last of his kind, Cleopatra hopes to take her home back. In the process, Bayek will go from being the last of his kind, to the first of a new one, the first of a new brotherhood of assassins. As the trailer shows, these assassins will permeate Egyptian society, setting the stage for the people of Egypt to rise up, and hopefully bring Ptolemy XIII and the nefarious Order of the Ancients to justice.
The trailer also highlights a variety of Egyptian wildlife and is noted for featuring hundreds of extras to help give a sense of a living, breathing world, similar to what the game will feature when it launches. You also see the man playing Bayek use Senu, his eagle, to help get a lay of the land and peer in on the various scenes happening around Egypt.
We do not believe the man in the video, nor the narration, are Abubaker Salim, the voice and motion-capture actor for Bayek in the actual game, though. If you listen to Bayek in our gameplay video below (starting around 3:14), he clearly sounds different, with more of an accent to his speech that is absent from the narrator. A few of us in the EGM office believe the narrator here is Clancy Brown (Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series, Alec Ryder in Mass Effect: Andromeda). We’ve reached out to Ubisoft out of curiosity, but have yet to hear back.
Assassin’s Creed Origins drops next Friday, October 27, for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.