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For a long time, Ubisoft was known for cranking out annual or near-annual releases in popular franchises like Assassin's Creed, Just Dance, Far Cry, the Tom Clancy games, and more.

During a recent investor Q&A, Ubisoft chief executive officer Yves Guillemot and chief financial officer Alain Martinez explained that the studio's decision to pour additional development time into its new releases rather than quickly churn out triple-A titles is paying off and allowing the team to create more engaging experiences.

Jean Guesdon, creative director of Assassin's Creed Origin s, worked on the Discovery Tour project. With Assassin's Creed Origins, they're making a much more deliberate effort to take all of the historical research that they did and turn it into something that people can use for education.

Next up is The Curse of the Pharaoh DLC which plans to add a variety of new missions, equipment and a sizeable addition to the map when it comes our way on March 6. In a Q&A with Ubisoft, Maxime Durand, resident historian for the Assassin's series, acknowledged the fact that teachers and students have always used the games as a form of educational tool. Now that I am free to do so, I'd like to tell you exactly what you can expect when Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt launches next week. "My cautious optimism has been rewarded by an excellent open-world adventure that could lead to an exciting future for Ubisoft's blockbuster franchise". As long as they're regularly updated and well-maintained, players of these games are generally happy to hang around, spend money and convince their friends to join in, too.

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Outside of the classroom, Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed is shaping up to be a fantastic way to explore the game's setting in history. You'll be provided with photos of real Egyptian objects and places, renders and other interesting titbits to keep you interested, although we found the combination of the voiceover and visual elements to be more than engaging enough.

Once you begin, you'll be greeted with a voiceover that'll take you through the tour. Selecting one transports players from the main game to the tour. But they can do it as one of 25 playable characters, including the aforementioned Cleopatra, Julius Caesar or an assortment of Egyptian civilians. The Library of Alexandria, to come back to this example, famously burned down and was destroyed, with the exact timeline of its destruction still a mystery. Photo: Ubisoft Players don't have to stay on the tours.

Since its release last fall, Assassin's Creed Origins has drawn a number of players into its detailed environments bringing ancient Egypt to life, and for those looking to dig a little deeper into the history and culture of Egypt, the upcoming Discovery Tour Mode will bring players to it closer than ever. Players are free to initiate any tour they wish.

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