Update: Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, tweeting a short video to the Assassin’s Creed Twitter account. The tweet reads, “See you at E3,” and an attached video shows a soldier in Greek armor kicking another man off a cliff. The video concludes with the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey branding.
The rumours were true: we’ve had our clearest indication yet that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be set in Ancient Greece. The latest evidence is a photo of what is allegedly some promotional merchandise, which indicates it will be called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
The photo was given to French site JeuxVideo-Live, who says it comes from a reliable insider. It depicts a miniature Corinthian helmet on a keychain, in a blister package with some Assassin’s Creed Odyssey branding. It does look pretty official.
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The helmet style, favored by Greek hoplites and mythologized later by the Romans, is an unmistakable symbol of the ancient Greeks, with legendary figures such as Achilles often depicted wearing one. It’s linked to the keyring itself by a string of squares (tiles, perhaps) that bear a distinctively Greek motif.
This is a pretty plausible direction for Assassin’s Creed after taking us to Egypt’s Greco-Roman era in Assassin’s Creed Origins, and lines up with rumours we heard from around this time last year.
Those rumours suggested that Assassin’s Creed Origins starts a trilogy, with new protagonist Bayek heading to ancient Greece in its middle chapter. The idea of Assassin’s Creed Greece got a little more convincing in March, when comicbook.com claimed to have corroborated those rumours, citing “several sources linked to Ubisoft.”
The leak and its contents were all confirmed tonight at 19.31 EST, when the Assassin’s Creed Twitter account posted the following tweet, reading “See you at E3.”
See you at E3! pic.twitter.com/03NTPhCkCf
— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) May 31, 2018
Odyssey is an apt title for a Greek adventure, and it suggests – at least a little – that we might be in for more of the beloved ship combat featured in Black Flag.
Image credit: JeuxVideo-Live.
That’s speculation, but it’s also about all there is to go on at this point – JeuxVideo-Live’s story didn’t disclose any other information, if there was any.
We wouldn’t get our hopes up for a particularly detailed reveal, however: it’s doubtful that Odyssey will release this year. Comments from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot strongly suggest the publisher remains sceptical of annualised Assassin’s Creed releases, and will see out the year with more Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC. We’re guessing we’ll see more ofthatat E3, with a cheeky sting confirming Odyssey for a 2019 release, but showing very little of it.