If youâ€™re hoping to emerge from your house in a few months with a thorough knowledge of Ancient Greek winemaking and Egyptian funeral rites, might I recommend Assassinâ€™s Creedâ€™s Discovery Tours? Theyâ€™re free on Ubisoftâ€™s website or UplayÂ (youâ€™ll need Uplay to run them) and are absolutely worth grabbing, for you or your kids.
Basically, Ubisoft repurposed the worlds of Assassinâ€™s Creed Origins and Odyssey for education. Strip out the stabbing, leave the rest. Origins and Odyssey are some of the most intricate digital dioramas ever created. Sure, thereâ€™s a video game layered on top, but the real draw is the world Ubisoftâ€™s artists and animators and scripters created. Busy markets full of jewelry and pottery, people harvesting grapes and wheat, priests performing rites, and all of it in the shadow of some of the worldâ€™s most iconic buildings. Itâ€™s a spectacle. A meticulously researched spectacle.