Assassin’s Creed Plans a Greek Odyssey
At its E3 presentation, Ubisoft announced the latest title in its Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The game, which is being developed by Ubiosft’s Québec studio is stated by the developers to be the second phase in the series transition to full-fledged RPG following predecessor Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes place four centuries before Assassin’s Creed Origins, during the Peloponnesian War between forces led by Athens and Sparta. Choice is a key theme of the game, offering a dialogue system, quests with multiple routes, a choice between male and female protagonist, and romance options that are the same for both character options. Players control a mercenary — Alexios or Kassandra — in the possession of the broken spear of Leonidas, the Spartan king who led the Greek forces at the Battle of Thermopylae against the Achaemenid Persian Empire. The spear, and its connection to the player character, gives players to various upgrades and skills in combat. There are a hundred different weapons in the game, spread across nine different categories.
With its wartime setting, Odyssey includes large-scale battles between hundreds of troops that players will fight in, potentially changing which side controls parts of the game’s world. The game also features naval warfare, with players able to recruit characters to join the crew of their ship. Historical figures including Sokrates and Herodotus will appear in the game, with players able to explore multiple varied regions of Ancient Greece.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be released on October 5, 2018, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game will be available in standard, Deluxe, Gold, and Ultimate Editions. The Deluxe Edition adds gear packs, a naval pack, and XP and currency boosts, while the Gold Edition includes a Season Pass and grants early access to the game from October 2, 2018. The Ultimate Edition contains the Season Pass and the Deluxe Edition content, plus the early access from October 2, 2018.