Assassin’s Creed Origins is getting a sizable update this month, bringing with it a slew of new add-ons and a couple surprises for those still exploring Egypt. The title update expands on the already staggering array of content on offer by providing a punishing difficulty setting, a new mode, added quests, and extra clothing options for Bayek.
Let’s break this down one by one. Up first is the Nightmare difficulty. This setting will make Bayek’s enemies “more resilient to damages and more dangerous”. As a supplemental option for those looking for the greatest challenge possible, enemy scaling is being introduced. This feature can be toggled on and off. When on, low level opponents are scaled to the player’s current level, ensuring that every battle remains engaging regardless of character progression.
A new quest titled “Here Comes a New Challenger” kicks off the new Horde mode. Here, an “unlimited wave of foes” await the Assassin in the Cyrene arena. The true extent of your skills can be tested in this endless bloodbath, revealing who among us are the best of the Hidden Ones. There will also be a surprise quest in this update, although its details are being kept secret at the moment. Judging by the teased Chocobo mount armor, it is likely that this mission will revolve around a Final Fantasy XV crossover, similar to the Assassin’s Festival event found within Square Enix’s RPG in October.
The third and final Trial of the Gods event will also be available this month. Soon players will be able to face off with the warrior goddess Sekhmet. If you missed out on the previous two trials, Anubis and Sobek, worry not. The two deities are returning to give everyone a shot at defeating all three, collecting the rare loot in the process.
Lastly, two separate item packs will be added to the in-game store. The first, appearing December 12th, is the Gladiator Items Pack. The bundle will include the “Spaniard’s Armor, the Palladium shield, Hercules’ Gladius (sword), Labrys (heavy blade) and Neptune’s Grasp (spear).” Come December 26th, the Wacky Items Pack will become available, although its contents are not being revealed just yet.
All of this should provide current Assassin’s Creed Origins players with plenty of incentive to continue roaming the beautifully recreated Egyptian lands through the end of the year.