A Reddit AMA with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey creative director Jonathan Dumont has given us a much clearer idea of how the main narrative will play out depending on which of the two leads you play as. As both Alexios and Kassandra have their own backstory and personality, fans have had concerns over which of the two characters would be considered the canon character in the lore.
“Will there be a definitive canon story and can this be played?” asked Redditor TheOneAlistair. Dumont answered, “Yes there will be a canon represented in the novel. It features Kassandra and her journey. But in the game you decide your path, there is no right or wrong way.” So, yes Kassandra will be the canon character in the novel, but you’re free to find your own way through the main narrative however you want.
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While Dumont confirms that there will be a canon story associated with Kassandra, he does not specifically respond to the mention of a definitive, playable canon storyline in the game.
You can read the full Assassin’s Creed Odyssey AMA here or catch the highlights in this Twitter thread. The description for the official Assassin’s Creed Odyssey novel on Amazon reads, “Greece, 5th century BCE. Kassandra is a mercenary of Spartan blood, sentenced to death by her family, cast out into exile. Now she will embark on an epic journey to become a legendary hero - and uncover the truth about her mysterious lineage.” This sounds a lot like an origin story, so perhaps the official novel will only be delving into Kassandra’s childhood and formative years, which would leave the main game’s storyline open for twists and turns.
We already know plenty about the upcoming RPG, including the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date, but this response as well as many others from the AMA clear up a few of the questions thrown up during the E3 2018 gameplay reveal.