It is normal for developers to discuss the size of upcoming games in order to create excitement and hype. Fans tend to get a faint idea about how much exploration value the game will have and how much travelling they will be required to do for the completion of tasks.
With the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Ubisoft followed the same route by hinting the large world of the game. Many comparisons have been drawn with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but a more concrete clarification have until now been unavailable.
Speaking with Game Informer in a recent interview, game director Ashraf Ismail noted that it is difficult to compare the open world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins with past installments. This is primarily because every game has a different setting and the world is carved accordingly. However, he exclaimed confidence that it is much larger than the one we experienced in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
“If I compare it to previous games in the past, I don’t actually know the exact numbers [for Origins], but I would say that it’s at least twice the size of Havana from Black Flag,” said Ismail. “At least.”
He went on to add that the size of the world does not really matter and he personally believes that it holds no importance. What players should be asking about is the quality and quantity of content, which the game has a lot to offer.
“Having said that, I don’t think of the size of the city is what matters,” he explained. “It’s really the content, the experience that you have inside of it. It’s how alive it is. So we filled these locations with quests, with making each city feel unique to itself, why was it important to Egypt.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the director touched upon a few other aspects. While the world will be open without any limitations, players will have to complete the introductory sequence before they can start exploring.
A lot of customization options are being included, and the developer should detail them in the coming months. In addition, Ubisoft wants to keep the modern-day elements a secret from fans to ensure “surprise.” It, though, remains with the marketing team as to whether they want to talk about it before the release of the game. For now, it is maintaining radio silence.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is scheduled for release on October 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.