As a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, watching the series stumble and then later find it’s footing, after a year break, with Assassin’s Creed: Origins was very comforting. I honestly thought they were gonna screw it up and destroy the franchise…kinda feels like Ubisoft has a thing for close calls. They’d better not mess things up with Watch Dogs 3. A reveal trailer came out some days ago for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and after some research it turns out that the Ubisoft has a lot of weird stuff planned for the next game. Here are 5 Things About Assassin’s Creed Odyssey That Made Us Go…Wait, What?!
Releasing This Year (Most Likely)
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is set to release before April 1st 2019 and that has me worried. AC Origins was released in October, 2017 which would make it just a little over a year if the Odyssey is released in the first quarter of 2019. If you are an Assassin’s Creed fan (of course you are, you’re reading this article) this might make you a little uncomfortable. The last time Ubisoft made yearly releases for AC games, all we had was a list of “playable”…but crappy games. We don’t want that! But, maybe that break they took before AC Origins has set things in perspective. Maybe, they wont make the same mistakes again. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Choosing Between Male and Female Protagonist
So, this is happening. Unlike Assassin’s Creed Syndicate where you would switch between Jacob and Evie, the new game will have you choose either to play as a male or a female character. Hopefully this doesn’t just mean a graphical change. I think Ubisoft has learnt enough by now to know that if a player chooses a male character, he/she has to feel the difference in game-play.
Details about this feature are still a little unclear but dialogue options are certainly a thing in the new game. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is really branching out, don’t you think? This feature is greatly utilized in the Witcher games and Detroit: Become Human used it as well. We still don’t know if the options will have effects on how the story pans out though.
Not a Reboot
A new AC game after Origins was already a done deal. Origins was such a good game that it would be complete madness not to make more games for our beloved franchise. But, most of the fan base (You and I) expected a soft reboot of the series. Showing us how the Assassin order came to be was excellent and we loved the new style the games were now leaning into (proper RPG). So, the idea was that the game could have a soft reboot with that new style…basically, we just wanted Desmond back, but you get the point. It surprised a lot of people including me. I had a lot of money riding on the series being rebooted, oh well.
No more Bayek or Aya it seems, the story starts off with a whole new assassin and I like this approach. Why? Well, story wise, all that players really care about is the present day and how what you do in the game affects it so if Ubisoft changes the assassin a million times but puts effort and time into fleshing out the modern day character, people will pay to play that. That’s what made the games with Desmond Miles so interesting. When you eventually got out of the Animus, you would interact with the world and the modern day story. Don’t get me wrong the Assassins and the Animus are the backbone of all the action in the series and without it we wouldn’t have a game but an overarching story make Assassin’s Creed so much more enjoyable.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey which is set in Ancient Greece seems like it has going to be a very different game from what we would usually expect from previous AC games and that is not a bad thing. Change is good, we just need to have enough of what makes it Assassin’s Creed left at the end. AC Odyssey will be one of many attractions at this year’s E3 conference.
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