Assassin's Creed: Origins season pass will include two expansions and the 'Calamity Blade'

We all know by now that the release of a big-budget game is not the end of the story. Today's case in point is Assassin's Creed: Origins, which has Ubisoft announced will have a season pass with two expansions, plus a pair of cosmetic packs, 500 Helix Credits, and an "exclusive rare weapon" called the Calamity Blade. And for those of you who don't want to pony up for the extras, there's some free stuff on the way too. 

The first expansion, The Hidden Ones, will take place years after the events of Origins, and "builds upon the growth of the Brotherhood" as it comes into conflict with Roman occupiers in another part of Egypt. Following that will be The Curse of the Pharaohs, in which "players will fight against undead Pharaohs and explore a new, mystical realm." Hidden Ones is expected to be out in January 2018, while Curse of the Pharaohs is slated for March; both expansions will increase the level cap of the base game, and Curse of the Pharaohs will also add new abilities to the mix. 

The Roman Centurion and Horus Packs, each of which will include a new outfit, weapons, shield, and mount, will be delivered in November, while the in-game currency Helix Credits and the Calamity Blade (which you have to admit, regardless of what you think of Assassin's Creed, is a great name for a knife) will be available at launch.

And then, the free stuff:

  • The Trials of the Gods: Epic boss battles against Egyptian gods that take place during special timed events, victorious players will receive prestigious rewards. The first Trial of the Gods event will be available 15 days after the launch of the game.
  • The Nomad’s Bazaar: A wandering merchant gives players daily quests to complete in order to earn mysterious exotic rewards. Available at the launch of the game.
  • Photo Mode: Players will be able to capture and share the beauty of the Egyptian landscape and indulge their inner wildlife photographer while discovering in-game pictures taken by other players. Available at the launch of the game.
  • Horde Mode: Players will fight endless waves of enemies in the Gladiator Arena. They will be able to compare their scores with their friends and challenge them asynchronously. Available in early 2018.
  • Discovery Tour: This new educational mode turns the world of Assassin’s Creed Origins into a combat-free living museum and will give everyone the opportunity to learn more about Ancient Egypt through guided tours curated by historians and Egyptologists. Available early 2018. (Ubisoft actually announced this one last month.)

Assassin's Creed: Origins comes out on October 27. Get the lowdown on the loot boxes here, and feast your eyes on some fresh screens below.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.