If you were concerned that Assassin’s Creed Origins might stray too far from Ubisoft’s open-world formula, put those fears aside. The Egypt-set prequel will allow you to get animal buddies – besides your pet UAV eagle – just like Far Cry.
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You may have already noticed from gameplay videos that you can fire an arrow at the locks on caged animal enclosures, releasing them to fight your enemies – like in Far Cry – but you can also tame them to fight alongside you. Like in Far Cry.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, watching a friendly bear tear into an armed goon was one of the best things about Ubisoft’s FPS series. Assassin’s Creed Origins also takes it up a notch, letting you make friends with a flipping crocodile.
“Taming animals is awesome, I’ve had some amazing moments with it,” creative director Ashraf Ismail told OPM, 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.”
It does sound cool. Who wouldn’t want a crocodile slowly plodding after them for all eternity, jaws primed, ready to snack on anyone you get into a punch-up with. It’d be a handy ability to have here, in Lincoln, UK.