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Assassin’s Creed: Origins Includes Largest Land Mass of Series

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins will include the largest crop of land seen in the series to date, according to the game’s director, Ashraf Ismail.

Speaking to Game Informer, Ismail compared the scale of Origins’s map to that of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, saying “it’s at least twice the size of Havana from Black Flag.” However, he did not clarify whether that comment refers specifically to the landmass of Havana, or the entire world map including the expansive ocean within the game.

In either case, Ismail was quick to emphasise that the map’s size is less important than its content, which is being designed to show the uniqueness and importance of each of the Origins’s locales:

“Having said that, I don’t think of the size of the city is what matters. 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.”

The remainder of the interview largely reiterates earlier revelations, including the heightened level of customisation that players will have access to with Bayek, as well as the fact that the game’s world will be fully accessible almost immediately.

However, Ismail did hint that the game may feature a return of the more in-depth character-driven modern storyline of the original trilogy by saying, “I think people will be happy,” although also stated that he intends for the modern-day portion to be a surprise.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins was officially announced at E3 2017, and will release on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Back in Development, Demo Released

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Freesphere Entertainment has announced that Tether is back in active development, almost a year after it was put on hold.

Alongside the announcement, the team has finally released the prototype version of the previous incarnation of the project for free on itch.io. According to the announcement, the decision to release the demo came because “it seemed silly to have years of hard work sat there for people who worked on it to not get any recognition.”

The post also suggests that Freesphere has gone back to the drawing board for the project, saying that it is seeking to reduce the scope of the story and hinting at a “new direction.”

The demo is a long time coming, as creative director Mark Gregory first told OnlySP late last year that it would be made available as part of a larger interview discussing some of the problems and struggles faced by the team members, which included underfunding, a lack of publisher interest, and personal burnout.

For anyone unfamiliar with Tether, the sci-fi adventure promises to tell the story of a mother trapped aboard a space station while on a mission to prevent environmental collapse. While the premise raises echoes of the ‘walking simulator’ format, the game was quite ambitious, featuring time manipulation mechanics, a reactive AI enemy similar to Alien: Isolation‘s xenomorph, and immersive sim elements. How much of that will be retained in the new version remains to be seen.

OnlySP’s Amy Davidson has already pledged to trial the demo as a future entry in the Friday Freebies Club, which this week will examine \SPEK.TAKL\, so watch out for that.

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