Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
CREED GOES FULL RPG
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s announcement came with many surprises. Many expected the franchise to take a year off again, so a new release in 2018 caught us a little off guard, even if it was leaked well before its first showing at E3. The ability to play the game as a either Alexios or Kassandra was a welcome surprise, however, with the latter apparently being considered the canon lead of the game. But that’s just the beginning of the new ideas leading to a fantastic new Assassin’s Creed experience, if our first demo experience is any real indication.
We’re dropped in Mykonos City, one small section of a map made entirely of Grecian isles. As we explore the city comes to life in front of us, citizens walking freely and interacting with one another while merchants call out to potential customers. It’s breathtaking, like we’ve been transported back in time, and it shows how much detail Ubisoft Quebec has included. Of course a living city comes with some travails, and suddenly we’re approached by a mercenary hired to kill us.
This is our introduction to Odyssey’s combat, which brings some impressive changes. We can switch between melee weapons and a bow-and-arrow at will. Each weapon features four customisable powers, which are unlocked via an ability tree that brings a dash of roleplaying to the game. Facing off against the enemy feels fluid and precise as we take down our attacker with ease. If you step to the assassin, you’d best not miss.
After a few cutscenes (including a franchise-first dialogue system) we’re introduced to Conquest, one of Odyssey’s most important set pieces. Hundreds of soldiers fill the beach and our screen, duking it out as we charge in and take down enemies at will. A meter slowly shrinks as each side takes losses, and when the meter reaches a certain point the leader of the enemy forces finally joins the fray. Conquest’s massive fracas was a ton of fun to fight through, and we hope there are a lot of them sprinkled throughout.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an astonishing take on ancient Greece, the gigantic island-based open world filled with things to do. Both heroes are perfect leads, each one bringing a unique personality to the game. Brand-new Conquests bring the scale of the Spartan wars to life, dropping us into a massive battle and letting us fight how we want. Even though it’s coming sooner than expected, we’re confident Odyssey will be worthy of the Assassin’s Creed name, building on all the best areas of the franchise and innovating everywhere else.
“ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY IS MORE THAN JUST AN ADVENTURE, IT TRULY IS A ROLEPLAYING JOURNEY.”
JONATHAN DUMONT, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, UBISOFT QUEBEC
A branching dialogue system is a first for the series and a welcome addition.
Facing off against the enemy feels fluid and precise as we take down our attacker.