Assassin’s Creed: Origins Introduces a Sandbox Modifier for PC Players

Ubisoft has created a sandbox/god mode modifier exclusive to their Uplay Launcher. Read on for full details on how the Animus Control Panel can change the game for PC players.

Ubisoft has added an in-game feature for Assassin's Creed: Origins that can change the way you -- and your enemies -- play. Ubisoft calls it the Animus Control Panel, and it’s now available for PC players through the Uplay Launcher. 

Ubisoft released a video that explains some of the changes available in the Animus Control Panel (ACP). Although you can’t remove anything from the game, you can create your own gameplay experience. If you, like me, found the game's combat to be lacking, the Animus Control Panel can completely change that. Here are some of the details:

  • 75 parameters can be altered within 11 categories
  • Three pre-created presets
  • Presets created by players can be shared
  • The Animus Control Panel is embedded in the Uplay Overlay

The preset parameters can vary from visual differences to other playable characters to design-centric changes. The most impactful parameters that can completely change the way the game feels are the design-centric parameters. Changing movement speeds, hit volumes, and stun times creates more fast and furious combat than the slow, stealthy style found in the main game.

a chaotic scene representative of what players can do with the Animus Control Player in AC:O

The Animus Control Panel doesn’t only give you the option to change the way you want to play, but it can also be a shared experience. ACP’s sharing system isn’t as intuitive as the control panel itself, but it gets the job done. There are multiple ways to share, and each has a four-step process that must be followed.

  1. Create a preset
  2. Find the Animus Control Panel file
  3. Upload it to a hosting service (Onedrive, Dropbox, GDrive, etc.)
  4. Share the link on the forums

This is just one way to share your presets. It might be cumbersome at first, but hopefully there will be another, quicker solution in the future. For more information on how to share your presets, Ubisoft has a forum that has all the details for creating and sharing any preset.

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The Animus Control Panel seems amazing for players who love the game and want to try something new with the sandbox, and having the ability to share presets shows how much Ubisoft is dedicated to post-release content. If Far Cry 5’s Arcade Mode is any indication of how far Ubisoft will go with their silly but robust sandbox modifiers, I am optimistic for the Animus Control Panel.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on the ACP and all things Assassin's Creed: Origins, and let us know all about your experiences with it in the comments!

Published Apr. 20th 2018

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