In the Hidden Ones, the first expansion for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, we revisit Bayek and his brotherhood of assassins. The adventure takes place in the Sinai peninsula and has the player exploring three new areas and eliminating several new targets.
The Story of The Hidden Ones
The story takes place four years after the completion of the main campaign. General Rufio(ooo), a new figure in the Order of the Ancients, has risen and threatens the existence of the Hidden Ones, along with the safety of the citizens of Egypt. Bayek is tasked with the elimination of three lieutenants in General Rufios’ army who are directly responsible for the miserable state of the section of the Sinai they oversee.
After each target is eliminated, the player is one step closer to finding General Rufio and also treated to a short assassination animation similar to the ones in the main campaign, but with a slightly more twisted take. Each victim states, “The order is eternal.” Bayek comes to the realization, after the death of General Rufio, that the Order of the Ancients is immense. When one figure falls, another will rise to take his or her place, and thusly the Hidden Ones must be strong enough to stand the test of time.
Aside from new villains, there are three areas to explore and more items to craft. The level cap for Bayek’s gear has increased and rekindled the search for materials to improve them. Along with them, the level cap for the game has increased as well from 40 to 45. I expected some repetition from the main campaign, but certain aspects like the few constellation puzzles seemed out of place. Given the completion of that quest in the main story, it appeared to artificially add time spent in the DLC.
The Hidden Ones is overall an unfortunately short DLC, but the story is good. I do wish it focused more on the creed and less on what is, more or less, an enemy that was put in place just to be eradicated without any real threat or immediate consequences. If you like the main game and haven’t picked up The Hidden Ones DLC, I would recommend doing so.