Assassin’s Creed Origins Director Explains Combat Changes

August 18, 2017Written by Tyler Treese

Assassins Creed Origins Combat

Ubisoft just put out a video showing off Assassin’s Creed Origins Director Ashraf Ismail discussing the changes to combat the title is making, and the answers he gave should leave fans pleased. He talks about the drastically redone combat, which went from a paired animation system to a hitbox system. Ismail went into detail as to how the changes will impact combat in the October 27 release.

Here’s a portion of what Assassin’s Creed Origins Director Ashraf Ismail answered when asked “what would you say is the biggest change to combat?”

“We’ve drastically changed the paradigm of what is fight. In previous [Assassin’s Creed games], we used what we call technically a paired animation system. Which means when you swing your weapon, the hero and enemy align, they play an animation together, you wait for it to finish, and then you continue fighting. We went to a hitbox system, which means that anytime you swing your weapon, no matter the distance or if anyone is around you, you’re gonna swing. That means that distance matters. The speed of your weapon, your position relevant to other enemies, [it all] matters. If you have a big spear and are swinging it around you can hit multiple enemies at the same time. It’s not just about the damage anymore, [but about] speed, length, position and the number of enemies you’re fighting.”

Ismail goes further in-depth in the five-minute video, so check it out for even more insight.

For more on Assassin’s Creed Origins, check out our E3 2017 hands-on preview:

The massive world is enormous and detailed, giving players a radically different environment than they’ve ever seen in an Assassin’s Creedgame before. Even the E3 demo was tickling that neurotic nerve of mine that wanted to run out and complete every mission or collect every item. It was almost too much to take in for the brief amount of time I was able to get my hands on the game, if that helps to relay the scope that Ubisoft Montreal is aiming for. If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed games, you’ll find plenty to love as a reason to come back. If not, there may be enough changed at a deeper level that you’ll be able to get over any animosity you have for the series in order to embrace it as a really solid open world game.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is set to release October 27, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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