Those who have been playing through Assassin’s Creed Origins surely have noticed that Ubisoft has pulled out all the stops in order to portray ancient Egypt as accurately as possible in the game. This means that all the temples, statues and obelisks one would expect to find in a game about ancient Egypt are present and correct, and of course, the world-famous pyramids of Giza are also one of the game’s top attractions.
This means that you can not only climb the Great Pyramid of Giza in true Assassin’s Creed style in Ubisoft’s latest game, but also enter and explore the monument, in order to search for treasure and a mysterious inscribed stone inside (the pyramid is also the setting for one of the game’s tomb quests, you see).
And even though many won’t notice anything special while trekking through the interior of the pyramid, it seems that Ubisoft’s recreation of the Great Pyramid in Assassin’s Creed Origins is way more accurate than you might think.
This is because Origins’ Great Pyramid includes a chamber above the Grand Gallery (a corridor-like, ascending passage in the Pyramid) which was only discovered last week, as reported on gaming website Kotaku.
But since Assassin’s Creed Origins came out in late October before the discovery was announced by the smart folk at Nagoya University last week, how did the team at Ubisoft Montreal know about the recently found secret chamber in the pyramid?
The reason the people at Ubisoft saw fit to include this chamber is that they had been working with architect Jean-Pierre Houdin, a man who has an idea or two about how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built thousands of years ago.
You see, Houdin speculates that the world-famous monument was built from the inside out using a system of ramps, an idea that many have come to accept over time, but for which there is no conclusive proof yet. However, the newly discovered chamber in the Great Pyramid also forms part of Houdin’s theory. The man had suspected its existence before scientists confirmed it last week.
In Assassin’s Creed Origins, you can get to this chamber via the Pyramid’s King’s Chamber (where the Pharaoh’s sarcophagus can be found). There’s a gap in it that leads to two antechambers (the first being the one that was recently discovered by scientists), while the second contains the inscribed stone required to complete this tomb quest in the game.
It turns out, then, that Ubisoft put a lot of care and effort in order to recreate ancient monuments in their latest Assassin’s Creed game, letting players explore one of the most realistic depictions of ancient Egypt yet seen in a game.
It remains to be seen, though, whether the game’s upcoming expansions (which are part of Origins’ season pass) will be any good. Although for the time being it’s clear that many people are having one hell of a good time playing this latest Assassin’s Creed entry, and that surely can only be a good thing.