When is the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date? We have all the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey trailers and gameplay details from E3 2018 you need here.
The 11th game in the core line of Ubisoft’s pseudo-history series of deadly Assassins and dastardly Templars is well on its way, and we already have an Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date. This time we’re off to Greece to explore the exploits of the Assassin Order in the land of triremes and Spartan warriors. We’ll also be taking on the role of either a male or female protagonist with fresh abilities, weapons, and RPG-grade dialogue options.
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Now that we’ve seen Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at E3 2018 as the conclusion to Ubisoft’s conference, we now have a good idea of what this new Assassin’s Creed game will be like. So join us as we step back in time to discover which neck we’ll be puncturing next: here are all the latest details about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date
The Assassin's Creed Odyssey release date is October 5, 2018. This was announced at Ubisoft's E3 2018 conference, which also showed off a hefty amount of Assassin's Creed Odyssey gameplay.
Don’t worry about the series returning entirely to annual releases though. Guillemot has said that this quick sequel is not reflective of how the future Assassin's Creed release cycle will pan out. “You will see some some years, but it will not be every year," Ubisoft's CEO said during an interview on YouTube's E3 Gaming Show.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey trailer
Assassin’s Creed games typically push the graphical bar, but Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an especially gorgeous Ancient Greek adventure. In the cinematic Assassin’s Creed Odyssey trailer above we get a glimpse of the game’s beautiful islands separated by twinkling, clear blue waterways. It also appears to introduce the traumatic childhood of Alexios, if he is the protagonist you choose.
In the E3 gameplay video for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey above, we get a closer look at Mykonos Island and the expanded RPG systems we’ll soon be getting to grips with. The same-sex romance options and dialogue choices are revealed, too.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey setting
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is set in Ancient Greece, during the period of the Spartans - the oldest starting point in the series. The Peloponnesian War is the game’s historical backdrop, but the conflict is not just set dressing: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s war is simulated in the game, with you making the key decisions that impact of Greece’s divided 27 states as they fall under the influence of Athens and Sparta.
For instance, when leaders get in a sticky situation when it comes to resources, their weakness can be exploited by rival factions. To foil this, vulnerable leaders may enlist you to help, should you wish to ally with them. Or, if the meter indicating their grip on power diminishes low enough, you can seal their fate through looting and destruction.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gameplay
As the E3 reveal demonstrated, Odyssey is much more of an RPG than Assassin's Creed has ever been before. See the gameplay demo above for quests, combat, dialogue trees, and even character selection.
Speaking of your protagonist, this time you get to choose between either a male or female Assassin's Creed Odyssey player character, that’s either Alexios or Kassandra. That doesn’t affect who you can get lovey-dovey with, either: with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s romance options, you can try on your sexy gift of the gab when you see a love heart symbol next the relevant dialogue choice - but be warned commitment fans, you’ll only get to enjoy “casual” flings. That’s right, in this Ancient Greek adventure, you get dialogue choices to better interrogate - or get wound up by - famous figures such as Socrates.
It is clear that the combat mechanics and new questing structure from Origins are returning, as is the loot and weapon systems. We also know that there will be multiple Assassin’s Creed Odyssey endings and around 30 hours of “interactive storytelling” according to creative director Jonathan Dumont. That’s only from launch, though: this will be a live service with new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey content “every week.”
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey also allows us to enjoy the many mythological possibilities the Greek setting offers In Origins. You fought colossal representations of Egyptian gods in the desert, but we now know we will be fighting massive Assassin’s Creed Odyssey monsters such as the Minotaur.You can even tame wolves to help even the odds and fight alongside you.
You were noticed as the spanner in the works of the Ancient Egyptian status quo in Origins as the elite soldiers known as Phylakes. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s wanted system goes a step further. As you inevitably start to rub people up the wrong way - by which we mean stabbing them - you will develop a wanted status, and you can track down and kill the NPC that’s been snitching on you. This system replaces the desynchronisation or forced reloads for raising hell that you had in previous games.
That said, if you’re targeting the right people, you can initiate a kind of Assassin’s Creed recruitment to get them into joining your ship’s crew, and you have the freedom to be very persuasive. By that we mean you can knock out your enemies and smuggle them into your burgeoning fold - it’s like Metal Gear Solid V’s Fulton mechanic, without the balloons.
So it looks like, if you’re not careful, you’re going to be making yourself a lot of enemies. That means you’re going to need plenty of new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey abilities to ensure you still have the edge. For instance, the iconic Leap of Faith has been changed so that you can jump anywhere using the skill without dying. Before you would be fine if you landed on a hay bale or cart of sand, but now “falling does cause damage, but it is not fatal”.
You will also have access to a piece of Eden throughout the game, made manifest as the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Spear of Leonidas. In previous games you only either heard of the special artefact or used it briefly, as the descendant of warrior king Leonidas, you get the spear at the beginning, and you can upgrade it.
Also, the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey armour system is brand new as it allows you to swap out individual pieces of protection. Origins was the first game in the series to feature levels and rarity scale for each piece of gear, but you only had an outfit as opposed to a helmet a wrist guards.
Speaking of naval matters, Odyssey’s ship gameplay is back, and one of your favourite aspects of Black Flag will be returning: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s sea shanties will once again keep you singing your heart out as you sail.