At its E3 2018 event, publisher Ubisoft showed off its latest and greatest, including a sneak peek at the upcomingAssassin’s Creed: Odyssey.During the show, Ubisoft not only ran a detailed gameplay preview, but provided some on-stage commentary detailing exactly what players can expect from this Ancient Greece-set action role-playing game.
“Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is more than an adventure — it’s truly a role-playing journey. You will explore, on land and sea, one of the most iconic periods in human history,” said Jonathan Dumont, creative director at Ubisoft Montreal.
When the title of the game leaked earlier this year, we suspected it’d be set in Ancient Greece, following on the heels of the previous game,Assassin’s Creed: Origins,and sticking with the “Ancient World” theme it established.It’s important to point out that, as Kotaku reports, this game actually precedes Origins by about four centuries, taking place during the Peloponnesian War.
On the surface, the gameplay appears very similar, with a few shared icons, UI elements, and menus left over fromOrigins. That’s not a bad thing, butOdyssey clearly boasts a number of improvements overOrigins, most notably the choice players are given right at the beginning.
“We’ve continued to transform AC into an epic RPG experience, shaped by your actions and choices. The first choice you’ll make at the start of the game is to choose your character: Alexios, or Kassandra,” Dumont saidd.
That’s right, inAssassin’s Creed: Odyssey, you’ll be able to choose to play as one of two Spartan warriors, Alexios or Kassandra. In addition,Odyssey appears to borrow heavily from one of the most popular entries in the Assassin’s Creed series:Black Flag.
Since the game is set in Ancient Greece, it only makes sense that you’d spend a large portion of your time at sea, captaining a war ship in the glittering waters of the Aegean Sea. From what we can see in the trailer, it’s clear that ship-to-ship combat is a big part ofOdyssey, with significant portions of the game taking place amid the picturesque islands of Ancient Greece.
For a closer look at the game, check out our hands-on preview.