We're fast-approaching game day for Assassin's Creed Origins. Needless to say the franchise has seen better times, but honestly? Ubisoft have been knocking it out the park when it comes to showing what they've been up to for the past two years.
Yes, there was a bit of a shaky "re-debut" back at E3, but this year's iteration looks to delve into how the Assassin brotherhood got started in the first place - not to mention all the overhauled gameplay systems that should (should) change the core feel of the game.
Such a foundational upending of core mechanics is what we've been pining for since AC III, as that was the first game that really showed how much Ubi were content to re-release the same basic game framework over and over.
Indeed, taking such an amount of time off looks to have paid dividends, with the new Assassin's Creed looking positively gorgeous, its sense of control being more routed in The Witcher and Dark Souls than "generic action slasher #4172".
Yes, Ubisoft helped write the book on open world exploration with Assassin's Creed, but if it all comes together, Origins might just save the franchise after all...