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Ubisoft gives away its Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours for free

The Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours, from Origins and Odyssey, are both free to download and keep for a limited time.

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The Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours, from Origins and Odyssey, are both free to download and keep for a limited time.

When you think about the Assassin’s Creed games, you immediately think about the haystacks and the sleeve knives and all that murdering stuff, right? It’s understandable, but that’s not what makes Assassin’s Creed great. In actual fact, the ordo cognoscendi is as follows:

  1. The historical settings
  2. Learning about the historical settings
  3. Exploring the historical settings
  4. Learning about the historical building
  5. Climbing the historical buildings
  6. Learning about the historical people
  7. Talking to the historical people
  8. Murdering the historical people
  9. Everything else in the game, and then, when you’ve exhausted all other options…
  10. Anything at all to do with Abstergo, the Animus, and the modern-day setting

Ubisoft has also realised this, and in recent years, has added Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours to its games. They’re the series’ secret best bits.

We first saw the Discovery Tours in Assassin’s Creed Origins, where players got to explore a combat-free version of Ancient Egypt, complete with museum-style audio tours and opportunities to interact with and learn from the locals outside of the main game’s murdery storyline.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey also received its own Discovery Tour a couple of years later, allowing players to explore the archipelago of Ancient Greece, complete with all the educational bells and whistles that we loved about its predecessor.

Here’s hoping that the newly-announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla also receives a Discovery Tour, but in the meantime, why not play Origins and Odyssey’s tours for free?

Lots of developers and publishers have been giving games away for free – or selling them for very cheap – in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. It might not seem like much, but with everyone stuck indoors, having lots of new games to play is a brilliant thing. With the Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours, the extra bonus is they’re educational. That means they’ll keep your kids entertained and also teach them some history.

The Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours are free to download and keep forever, as long as you get in quick. They’re available to pick up now, and the offer runs through until 7 pm (local time) on May 21, 2020. You will also need a Uplay account, but that’s no big deal.


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