Your eagle, Senu, won’t be your only animal buddy in Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Gameplay videos have shown that you’ll be able to free animals from cages, releasing them to fight your enemies for you, but a recent interview with creative director Ashraf Ismail reveals that Origins will go even further. Under the right circumstances, players can fully tame animals to fight by their side.
“Taming animals is awesome, I’ve had some amazing moments with it,” Ismail told Official PlayStation Magazine UK (via GamesRadar). “I’ll give you a little story: at some point when we were testing the feature out, I had tamed the crocodile, and I ran off somewhere, and the crocs are pretty slow, they are not able to stay at your pace. Lions can, leopards can, hyenas can, and so on, but the crocodiles are a bit slower. So I left and I actually thought it bugged out and that the crocodile had lost its connection to me.
“So anyway, I continued playing and I was doing a quest. I was in the middle of a camp and I was actually getting in trouble. I was dying, effectively, my health was super low, and out of nowhere this giant croc just leaps out of the grass and takes out some of the guys I was fighting with. It was a really amazing moment, it felt so cool. So he was literally travelling the whole time just trying to catch up to me and it literally took him like 15 minutes to get to where I was.”
Ismail added that you can “pretty much tame every predator type of animal” available in the game.
We’ll be able to see what other animals are available when Assassin’s Creed Origins releases on October 27th. It’ll be available on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.