Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Ubisoft takes its long-running series to Ancient Greece

Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey earlier this year at E3. After posting a sneaky reveal teaser a couple of weeks prior, paying homage to the “This is Sparta!” moment of 300, Ubisoft used its E3 showcase to confirm we’d be visiting Ancient Greece for this year’s Assassin’s Creed outing.

Now, with less than two weeks until the official worldwide release, even more game info has been revealed, though there will still be plenty of surprises for us when the game does finally come out.

Set around 500 B.C, Odyssey expands on previous games by growing it into a “full-blown RPG, with choice at the centre of everything”. This decision even extends to multiple dialogue options with romancing possibilities. This suggests an open world with far more opportunities for exploration and customisation than in previous games. Ubisoft has also brought back the ability to play as either Alexios or Kassandra, a feature that was strangely absent from Assassin’s Creed: Origins despite featuring in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.

“In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you will be a mercenary”. Sorry, Ubisoft, but should it not be called Mercenary’s Creed? Semantics aside, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey looks like a bold new direction for the series, and the most ambitious game to date. Seafaring and ship battles – a central mechanic of the past few Assassin’s games – appears to feature more heavily than before. Your upgradable ship, the Adrestia, serves as your center of operations and your main method of transportation. Perhaps Sea of Thieves’ days are already numbered.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date: When does it come out?

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey already has a confirmed release date of 5 October 2018, essentially placing it a year after the release of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. So much for letting the franchise take a break between releases, Ubisoft.

You’ll be able to play Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Sorry, Nintendo Switch fans.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey location: Where will it be set?

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is set in Ancient Greece, geographically speaking, but it clearly draws heavily on both real historical fact as well as the lore of the Homeric legends – as indicated by its subtitle. As far as setting goes, the game takes place during the Peloponessian War, and there will be eight different provinces in the game, each with their own unique architectural style, culture, and stories.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey timeline: Where does it fit with the other games?

Odyssey is set in early 5th century B.C, roughly 400 years earlier than Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Where it fits with the rest of the games in terms of story still remains a mystery. Trailers have mentioned nothing about the Brotherhood of Assassin’s which have been at the heart of previous games and there are no signs of time-jumping between past and present via the Animus, as seen in earlier entries.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC: What’s included in the season pass?

Ubisoft revealed their post-launch plan on 13 September. The season pass will include two new story arcs, each made up of three chapters that will be released six weeks apart. The first one, called The Legacy of the First Blade, is set to release in December of 2018, and will follow the first assassin to carry the iconic hidden blade.

The second story arc will be released some time during the spring of 2019. Called the “Fate of Atlantis,” this story takes place exactly where the name suggests, and will focus on combat in the legendary underwater city.

And for some reason, the season pass will also include Assassin’s Creed III Remastered. This version of the game will feature 4K and HD functionality, high resolution textures, and improvements to the gameplay mechanics. This remaster will drop in March of 2019 and will also be available for purchase outside of Odyssey around that time.

The season pass will be included in the Gold, Ultimate, Spartan, and Pantheon editions of the game, or can be bought seperately for $40 US (around £30.44).

Other than the season pass, Odyssey will also feauture free post-launch updates for all players, including a free episodic quest called “The Lost Tales of Greece” and recurring weekly events.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gameplay: What makes this game different?

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey will introduce Alexios and Kassandra as the main characters, two mercenaries with the blood of a Spartan hero in their veins. The gameplay and storyline will be the same no matter which character you play as, however.

Odyssey will feature more RPG elements than its predecessors. Much of the game is based off of dialogue choices, and demos of the game confirm that your choices will have in-game consequences, a first for the series.

iIn fact, the more we see of Odyssey, the less it looks like an Assassin’s Creed game at all. This is a “combat-first” entry, and you don’t even play as an assassin. The hack-and-slash combat is “powered by adrenaline” and causes characters to glow orange. Exploration and RPG elements resemble Mass Effect-style interactions and the Assassin’s Creed tropes that Origins discarded – such as eavesdropping on targets or blending in with the crowd – aren’t back.

We’ll be able to update you with more information around Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey once it comes out ahead of its 5 October release date.

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