Watch lots of people get slo-mo murdered in the Assassin's Creed: Origins launch trailer

Assassin's Creed: Origins, the game with the $60,000 headphones (and by the way, I still haven't received a reply to my inquiry about getting a review set), comes out on October 27, which is just four days away. What the game is all about has already been pretty well established, and the title is a pretty big spoiler in that regard too. But maybe you need a quick catch-up, or maybe you just want to spend a couple of minutes watching a guy cinematically disembowel a bunch of other guys. Either way, the launch trailer is here to help. 

A quick rundown of what it's got: There's a stabbing, a strangling, a shield-bash, a double-axe face-chop, a mid-air triple-arrow perforation, a camel-chicken decapitation, a defiant stand against a divine manifestation, a Babe-Ruth-called-shot to the pie hole, the ol' smack-em-and-stick-em, and of course the leaping stab downward that turns a guy's skull into a pimento on a toothpick. It's all rendered very dramatically, as you'd expect from this sort of production, and while we can't completely overlook the fact that it's really just a mass murder montage, it is awfully pretty. 

For more practical information about Assassin's Creed: Origins, don't miss our rundown of the season pass (two expansions, one Calamity Blade), the loot boxes (only purchasable with in-game gold), the system requirements (middle of the road), and the adjustable difficulty—a first for the series. 

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.