Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Curse of the Pharaohs DLC Unwraps A Trailer and a Minor Delay

Nathan Birch

Ubisoft has (ahem) unwrapped a new trailer, details, and release date for Assassin’s Creed Origins’ upcoming Curse of the Pharaohs DLC. This story expansion ditches historical accuracy, in favor of a parade of killer mummies, giant scorpions, and other freakiness inspired by Egyptian mythology. You can check out a Curse of the Pharaohs trailer, below.

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Here’s Ubisoft’s official Curse of the Pharaohs rundown:

“Curse of the Pharaohs, the third major expansion for Assassin's Creed Origins, takes Bayek to find a mysterious artifact in Thebes, where he immediately runs into much more than he bargained for. Instead of the mortal and deceitful Order of the Ancients, he finds undead pharaohs materializing in the streets and slaughtering civilians. The Pharaoh's Curse, as the locals call it, likely has something to do with all the grave robbers treating the Valley of the Kings like a strip mine for antiquities, forcing Bayek to hunt down key artifacts linked to each pharaoh in order to put them to rest.

Curse of the Pharaohs' map is a vast new territory filled with surprises. There's Thebes, a massive city that boasts famous sights like the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Across the Nile, you'll find the Valley of the Kings, pitted with the plundered tombs of Egyptian royalty. And as he works to quell the spirits of each restless pharaoh, Bayek finds his way into their individual afterlives, which exist as big, self-contained open worlds connected to portals in their tombs.

To combat these new terrors, Bayek's level cap has been raised to 55, and seven new abilities can now be unlocked. Some of these are buffs to other abilities, like Dash Boost, which rewards perfect dodges with a damage boost. There's also Overpower Fury, which heals Bayek and removes any status ailments when he unleashes an adrenaline-charged Overpower attack. Four new archery abilities make Bayek's bows even more versatile, as he can now infect Predator Bow kills with Flesh Decay, pierce shields with fully charged Hunter Bow shots, get more damage out of his Light Bows by scoring consecutive hits, or inflict bleed damage on any targets who survive his Warrior Bow blasts. Finally, Favor of Osiris rewards you for spending time in the afterlife by gradually refilling Bayek's tools and arrows while he's there.”

Sounds like a solid collection of stuff! Evil mummies really are an underappreciated classic horror villain. Curse of the Pharaohs is part of Assassin’s Creed Origins’ $40 season pass, which also includes the already-released The Hidden Ones story expansion. You can also buy Curse of the Pharaohs on its own for $20.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is currently available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Curse of the Pharaohs has, unfortunately, suffered a minor delay – the DLC will now come out on March 13, rather than March 6.

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