Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ten details you need to know about Ubisoft Quebec’s unexpected adventure
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it’s set in Greece
1 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set in 431 BC, which, if you aren’t a history buff, means that we are landing squarely in ancient Greece territory. Now that’s long before the order of assassins was even established, which means that, yes, somewhat confusingly Odyssey will indeed be a prequel to last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins. Don’t worry about the continuity, just roll with it.
Choose your Assassin
2 For the first time in Assassin’s Creed history, Ubisoft is giving us the opportunity to decide who we want to play through the entirety of the game as. You’ll be able to choose between Kassandra and Alexios; the system is similar to that of Mass Effect, giving you the freedom to play the assassin that you feel more comfortable hanging out with for 30-plus hours.
subtle shift in play
3 While Kassandra and Alexios will walk through the same story and play exactly the same, Ubisoft has promised that certain characters you meet along the way will interact with each assassin in subtly different ways. Basically, this is all about celebrating consumer choice and, like any good RPG, about giving you a stronger connection with the lead character.
it’s A full rpg
4 While Origins may have introduced a variety of RPG elements to the Assassin’s Creed series, Odyssey is leaning into this more heavily. Not only has combat been further refined, relying on skill more so than ever before, but you’ll also have the opportunity to shape the story and character as branching-dialogue trees, romance options and a suite of new abilities are all introduced into play.
this is A Greek tragedy
5 Set some 400 years before Origins, Ubisoft Quebec wanted something suitably epic, turning Greece into an open-world playground. Regardless of whether you pick Kassandra or Alexios, you’ll be the descendant of the mighty Leonidas who gets cast out of the Spartan order after defying a prophecy of the Delphi oracle. The story picks up 17 years after you get kicked out of the army.
pick your side in Conflict
6 As a mercenary, you’ll often find yourself caught up in a larger conflict outside the usual slew of side quests and busywork. Odyssey is set around the Peloponnesian War, a bloody battle that raged between the Athenians and the Spartans. We’ve been told that you’ll be able to choose a side in this conflict, helping either of the armies to regain territory and take control of Greece.
the Conflict is huge
7 We’ve never seen battles of this scale in Assassin’s Creed before, and it looks damned impressive. These are best demonstrated in the Conquest Battles, huge fights between the two armies that will see you attempting to cut through a screen full of enemies, all while multiple boss-strength NPCS roam the battleground looking to cut you down. Incredible to see in action.
naval Combat returns
8 Ship-to-ship combat is returning in a big way in Odyssey. You’ll have your own vessel to control and customise – changing aesthetical components, recruiting new crew members and upgrading the ship’s combat capabilities throughout the game. While the vessels handle similarly to those seen in Black Flag and Rogue, they have received a noted tune-up under the hood.
present day remains
9 The studio isn’t, unsurprisingly, saying all that much about the most divisive portion of the Assassin’s Creed formula – that of the present-day sections of play. We do know that Layla Hassan will be making a return, continuing her story on from where Origins left off, likely picking straight up with her journey to Alexandria with
Assassin’s Creed isn’t Annual
10 Don’t worry, Assassin’s Creed isn’t returning to its annualised release schedule. Yes, we know that Origins only released last October, but there’s good reason for this game arriving so soon after. The Quebec studio went into full production on Odyssey after it wrapped on 2015’s Syndicate, meaning this has already been in development for close to three years.