For the first time in the Assassins Creed series, the latest Assassins Creed Origins will include difficulty settings.

This is just one of the ways that Ubisoft has decided to change the series, for example, they completely overhauled the fighting mechanics which seems to have made it a lot similar to Dark Souls.

Speaking to, game director Ashraf Ismai said “Some people play for the historic context, some people for the narrative, some for the gameplay, and what we felt was by going deeper into the gameplay challenge of the game we’re feeding one part of the audience, but not others so it was a natural step for us to think ‘well, let’s give difficulty settings.”

But there’s no need to worry that you won’t be able to change the difficulty setting after starting the game. Ismai went on to say that “But don’t worry, you don’t have to make the decision at the very start of the game. You can start on normal and work your way up – or down – from there. “If you really want that very difficult challenge you can set the game to a harder setting,” continues Ismail. “We’ve seen situations where people have asked ‘y’know I want the game to stay at a normal, balanced difficulty but I’m having difficulty with this boss or this moment so can I switch?’ So yes we allow it to switch dynamically.”

Don’t forget to check out our Gamescom hands-on preview of AC Origins. Are you excited by the introduction of a difficulty setting? Or are they messing with something that isn’t broken? Let us know in the comments below.



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