Today Ubisoft revealed key details about Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, the series' new game based in ancient Greece, including timeline, RPG features, and release date.
While Assassin's Creed: Odyssey seems to share quite a bit with its predecessor Origins (assets, UI, combat, etc), it makes key departures for the franchise including a new dialog system that Ubisoft says will directly affect the in-game world. The epic takes place in fifth century BC during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), which saw the Delian League helmed by Athens battling against the Pelopponesian League led by Sparta--a war that would devastate both sides. Sadly this is after the famous Greco-Persian wars but we could get a flashback or two.
Odyssey has been in development for three years, meaning it was being crafted alongside Origins (hence the similarities) and allows gamers to explore ancient Greece in all its glory. Players can pick between Alexios or Kassandra, Spartan mercenaries who are direct descendants of legendary Spartan King Leonidas.
Armed with Leonidas' spear gamers get access to tons of powers and abilities to smash their enemies, which adds a nice little touch to the legend aspects of the game.
It's unclear just how much the new dialog system will affect and shape the in-game world, but Ubisoft asserts that what you do and what you say will have direct consequences both on your story and ancient Greece.
"Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is more than just an adventure. It truly is a role-playing journey. You will explore on land and sea one of the most iconic and influential settings in human history: ancient Greece.
"The golden age of Athens saw the rise in democracy, modern medicine, revolutionary art, and Western philosophy. But it was also a time of war, a devastating conflict between Sparta and Athens, the Peloponnesian War divided the Greek world and changed the course of history," Ubisoft Quebec creative director Jonathan Dumont said on stage.
"We have continued to transform Assassin's Creed into an epic RPG experience. An RPG in which you will not just play an odyssey, but your odyssey, shaped by your actions and choices."
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey will release on October 5, 2018 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Check below for a few more snippets of info about the game:
For the last three years, the team at Ubisoft Quebec has been creating an exciting new chapter for the Assassin's Creed franchise. In Assassin's CreedÂ® Odyssey, the action takes place in Ancient Greece, a world rich with myths and legend, in fifth century BC during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens.
Playing as Alexios or Kassandra, a mercenary of Spartan blood sentenced to death by their family, players will embark on an epic journey from a young outcast to a legendary hero and uncover the truth about their mysterious lineage.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an ambitious action role-playing game that places choice at the center of the experience.
An all-new interactive dialogue system empowers players to forge their own path and impact the game's world, characters and story to shape the future of Greece. Players will customize weapons and gear, master and equip new special abilities, and charge into massive battles between Sparta and Athens, pitting hundreds of soldiers against each other. The return of open-world naval combat allows players to seamlessly explore the open seas, customize their ship and recruit their own crew with unique perks.
With the entire country of Greece to discover, from pristine beaches to vibrant cities, from the heights of snowy mountain peaks to the depths of the Aegean Sea, players will encounter Ancient Greece's famous figures and myths as they live their own odyssey.