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Assassin’s Creed: Origins isn’t even out yet, and already Ubisoft are talking about the DLC.

Loot boxes, amirite? People don’t like them – and to be fair, don’t actually have to spend their money on them – but developers and publishers have to make money in order to keep, you know, developing and publishing.

Remember when people thought DLC was the enemy, the modus operandi for publishers to rip them off? Ah, the good old days.

Anyway, the news: Ubisoft have today confirmed the contents of all the Assassin’s Creed: Origins DLC, its season pass, and other post-release content.

First up, the bits you’ll be able to buy separately.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins DLC 1 – The Hidden Ones

This story-driven expansion builds upon the growth of the Brotherhood, taking players to a point years after the events of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, as they clash with an occupying Roman force in a new region. This expansion will extend the level cap, allowing players to keep on making their character progress.  Available in January, 2018.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins DLC 2 – The Curse of the Pharaohs

In this story-driven expansion focusing on Egyptian mythology, players will fight against undead pharaohs and explore a new, mystical realm. During their journey, players will encounter famed Egyptian beasts such as Anubis warriors, scorpions and more, as they investigate the cause of the curse that has brought the dead pharaohs back to life. The Curse of the Pharaohs will increase the level cap further and introduce brand new Abilities. Available in March, 2018.

We don’t know how much the individual DLC packs will cost, but if you get the Assassin’s Creed: Origins season pass – expected to retail for around £30 – or the Gold edition you’ll get both of the story DLC packs, plus the following extras:

  • The Roman Centurion and Horus Packs: Two exclusive add-on packs including a new outfit, weapons, shield and mount. Available in November, 2017.
  • A package of 500 Helix Credits: Available at the launch of the game.
  • An exclusive rare weapon, the Calamity Blade. Available at the launch of the game.

Outside of the Assassin’s Creed: Origins DLC and the season pass, the following pieces of free content will be available:

  • The Trials of the Gods: Epic boss battles against Egyptian gods that take place during special timed events – victorious players will receive prestigious rewards. The first Trial of the Gods event will be available 15 days after the launch of the game.
  • The Nomad’s Bazaar: A wandering merchant gives players daily quests to complete in order to earn mysterious exotic rewards. Available at the launch of the game.
  • Photo Mode: Players will be able to capture and share the beauty of the Egyptian landscape and indulge their inner wildlife photographer while discovering in-game pictures taken by other players. Available at the launch of the game.
  • Horde Mode: Players will fight endless waves of enemies in the Gladiator Arena. They will be able to compare their scores with their friends and challenge them asynchronously.  Available in early 2018.
  • Discovery Tour: This new educational mode turns the world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins into a combat-free living museum and will give everyone the opportunity to learn more about Ancient Egypt through guided tours curated by historians and Egyptologists. Available early 2018.

We’ve said it before, but the combat-free Discovery Tour sounds like the highlight, and a proper photo mode will be very welcome. We can’t really think of anything worse than a horde mode, though.

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