The Animus Control Panel opens a dev toolbox for ‘Assassin’s Creed: Origins’

Following up on its scholarly Discovery Tour download for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Ubisoft released a new interface for PC that lets you go under the hood of the game and tinker with some of its core settings. Sorry, console gamers — this is a PC-only exclusive.

The free Animus Control Panel lets you do things people normally do with mods by adjusting 75 different sliders within 11 categories. You can modify your saved game so you run twice as fast, nerf enemy soldiers, or even increase the number of animals you can tame. You can also swap your avatar with various characters in the game. If you’ve ever wanted to cruise through Giza as Aya on a war chariot with a posse of hungry hungry hippos in tow, here’s your chance.

The dizzying array of settings can be somewhat overwhelming at first, so Ubi has included some pre-set configurations to get you started. Hardcore Stealth, for instance, amps up enemy awareness so they will alert to the slightest noise, but you can assassinate even high-level characters with one stab. God Mode is pretty much what you’d expect, and Mad World makes enemies and the environment more aggressive.

There’s a basic guide for using the Animus Control Panel at the Ubisoft forums, and would-be assassins are encouraged to share their settings and discuss the different parameters of the various configurations.

You can access the ACP in the main game menu or in the save files overview screen. You’ll need a Uplay account in “online” mode and a save file to modify. After tweaking the settings, your new save file will be labeled “Animus Hacked.”

As might be expected, drastically changing some parameters can prevent objectives in the story mode from unlocking.

In addition to Discovery Mode, Ubisoft has followed up the release of Origins with two DLC expansions and numerous free updates, including a New Game+ mode, a Final Fantasy crossover, and the ongoing Trials of the Gods weekly challenges. If you’re just getting started in Egypt, we’ve got a beginner’s guide to get you going as a neophyte Medjay. And watch out for those Phylakes!

Gaming

How to play the Mortal Kombat 11 closed beta and practice your fatalities

Mortal Kombat 11's closed beta begins on March 27. Here's everything you need to know about gaining access, as well as the content you can expect to play before the game releases April 23.
Gaming

Master Shinobi combat with our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice beginner's guide

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the hardest games of the generation, and it can be overwhelming, even for those who have played From Software's other games. Here is what you need to know to get started.
Gaming

How to get the most out of agent builds and specializations in The Division 2

The Division 2 has an intricate loot system to let you fine tune your agent to fit your play style. In our builds and specializations guide, we'll walk you through all of the stats you should pay attention to when tinkering with gear.
Computing

Windows updates shouldn't cause problems, but if they do, here's how to fix them

Windows update not working? It's a more common problem than you might think. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot it and in this guide we'll break them down for you step by step.
Gaming

How to break Posture and deal a Shinobi Deathblow in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an incredibly difficult game, and managing the Posture system is a key part of improving and tackling the latest From Software title's most challenging sections.
Gaming

Here's what we know about the Dark Souls developer's next game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest game from Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer From Software. Here is everything we know about the new game, including its setting and combat changes.
Computing

Nvidia faces attacks from AMD, Intel, and even Google. Should it be worried?

Nvidia announced an expanded array of RTX server solutions designed to leverage the power of ray-tracing at GTC 2019. The effort will help Nvidia take on Google's Stadia in game streaming with GeForce Now, and the company's investments in…
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

Here's a look at how the Epic Games Store is sizing up to the competition

The Epic Games Store has picked up exclusives left and right since its launch last December. From AAA games like The Division 2 to wonderful indies like Hades, the Epic Games store has an impressive library of exclusives.
Gaming

Get Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for free when buying an Xbox One

You can get Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for free when buying an Xbox One from Newegg. Eight different bundles are available for this deal, so you can walk away with Sekiro and another game such as The Division 2 or Anthem.
Gaming

World of Warcraft's allied races will make you want to start a new character

The Horde and Alliance are seeking new allies in their struggle for control of Azeroth. Whether you pledge your allegiance to the Horde or Alliance, we've got a guide to help you unlock every allied race that's coming in Battle for Azeroth.
Computing

How 5G networks will make low-latency game streaming a reality

Faster speeds and more bandwidth are some of the many promises that 5G can deliver, but for gamers, the most important thing is low latency. To achieve low latency, carriers like AT&T and Verizon are exploring hybrid models for game…
Product Review

Nintendo’s Labo VR Kit may look silly, but it really works

During our hands-on with the Nintendo Labo VR Kit, fears of a gimmicky product from Nintendo were quickly dispelled. While not a direct competitor to Oculus or HTCs own headsets, Labo VR brings a clever, new way to experience VR that makes…
Gaming

PlayStation does the smart thing, stops selling digital codes at physical stores

Sony will no longer offer PlayStation digital full-game downloads at retail stores. The game downloads will now only be available directly from the PlayStation Network's own digital store.