I was crouched behind some rocks just outside the entrance to a cavern. The prisoner I was tasked with freeing was just 100 meters or so away. Unfortunately, so were an untold number of bandits, who were unlikely to let me just stroll on in and spring their captive. What’s an ancient Egyptian Medjay to do?

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Call on some help: That’s what. I summoned Senu, my faithful eagle companion to give me, quite literally, a bird’s eye view of the canyon and where all the baddies were stationed. I then whistled for my horse, mounted my trusty steed and rode into the canyon, sword unsheathed, before my enemies knew what hit them. Some very satisfying hacking and slashing later, and I had rescued the prisoner.

Welcome to the world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, the latest installment of Ubisoft’s long-running open-world action/adventure series. This new game, first unveiled this summer at the E3 gaming show, is a prequel set in 49 BCE. That’s before the time of the Assassins and the Templars, as Origins serves up our first look at the start of the Assassin Brotherhood.

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