You may or may not have heard by now that archaeologists have discovered a new secret chamber deep within Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. If you have and are a gamer, you may find it interesting that you can get a first look at that secret chamber in one unlikely place: Assassin’s Creed Origins.
According to National Geographic, the chamber, or void, is the first large structure found inside the 4,500-year old Great Pyramid of Giza since the 1800s. By using high-energy particle physics, the new area is at least a hundred feet long.
“This is definitely the discovery of the century,” says archaeologist and Egyptologist Yukinori Kawae, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. “There have been many hypotheses about the pyramid, but no one even imagined that such a big void is located above the Grand Gallery [corridor that leads to the burial chamber of Khufu, the pharaoh for whom the pyramid was built].”
If you’ve played any Assassin’s Creed games in the past, you know well enough that they take place in historical settings and often include fairly accurate historical buildings and characters. When Ubisoft first heard of the early research indicating the possibility of the new secret chamber, they wasted no time and added it as a fully playable area in the recently released Assassin’s Creed Origins.
“We have long believed that Jean-Pierre Houdin’s theories about the inner ramps and royal circuit with two antechambers inside the Great Pyramid are probably the most credible, which is why we decided to use them in the game,” said Maxime Durand, Brand Historian for the Assassin’s Creed franchise. “We were betting on the fact that these secret locations inside of the Great Pyramid would probably be discovered in the near future, so we wanted to allow players the chance to visit them in advance.”
We’ve been playing through the game for our full review (coming soon) and have yet to locate this area, but we’ll definitely be on the lookout for it now. While making sure that everything in the Assassin’s Creed games is as accurate as possible, this area allowed Ubisoft to implement a “sense of excitement and fun of the unknown.” As to how accurate the renderings in-game will be, only time will tell…
We’ve hidden the screenshot of the secret chamber in the link below in case you want to discover and experience it firsthand for yourself. If not, click away and check it out.
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