What’s up with Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ giant snake?

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After Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ reveal trailer at Microsoft’s conference this E3, one question a lot of fans had was: what’s up with that giant snake at the end? Is AC going full Conan the Barbarian?

Everything we know about Assassin’s Creed Origins suggests there’s no magic involved. But you never know…

That question was put to game director Ashraf Ismail by Game Informer toward the end of this interview. He’s keen to emphasise that AC is not going full fantasy:

“AC is a very credible experience and we firmly commit to that, we don’t jump the shark. But we’re in Egypt, and it has a lot of mysticism around it, and we wanted to find a way to bring that to the experience. What I will say is that people will understand it when they experience it – don’t worry, we’re not breaking the credibility. It’s justified, we don’t randomly throw fantasy stuff into the experience that’s not explained.”

Dream sequence, then? That’d be our guess, possibly fuelled by an hallucinogen. If you missed the trailer, it’s here.

What's up with this guy?