“You want it darker, we kill the flame” – you can hear Leonard Cohen singing in the recent Assassin’s Creed Origins trailer from gamescom 2017. It appears that Ubisoft has taken those words seriously and made the upcoming Egyptian installment the darkest one in the series. That’s something we can tell from the ESRB description of the game. While the M rating for Assassin’s Creed: Origins may not be surprising for fans of the franchise – all core Assassin’s Creed games were M-rated too – the product’s description reveals that it is going to be significantly more explicit than before.
For starters, ESRB tagged Assassin’s Creed Origins for Blood and Gore (only Assassin’s Creed: Unity had that before), Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity (that’s new to the series), Strong Language, Drug Reference, and Use of Alcohol. Apart from usual Assassin’s Creed type of violence, ESRB mentions some intense scenes, such as “a man beaten to death with an orb”, “a child getting stabbed”, “human body parts and blood in a cave”, or “a headless corpse impaled on a stake”. As for sexual content, here’s an excerpt from ESRB’s description:
The game includes a mission involving prostitutes and a brothel in which a couple can be partially observed having sex (i.e., moaning sounds). Female characters are sometimes depicted topless in the brothel; some rooms contain drawings of figures engaged in various sex acts.
As you can see, the Assassin’s Creed series is growing up and embracing more and more mature themes. How will it work for this next game? We’re going to find on October 27, 2017, when Assassin’s Creed Origins comes out for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.