Despite Splinter Cell not showing up at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference this year, the company closed out their briefing with the next best thing: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. After a world premiere trailer that introduced Odyssey, we received our first look at its gameplay.
World Premiere Trailer
The developer didn’t reveal an exact year on stage, but the game should take place around or after the golden age of Athens and Peloponnesian War (roughly mid-400s BCE). Your character, which you can choose for the first time in the franchise, is an ancestor of the legendary Spartan warrior Leonidas. Playing as either Alexios or Kassandra, you take on a quest to protect your loved ones and become a Greek hero.
Odyssey also doubles down on the role playing mechanics introduced in Origins. As initial reports and leaked screenshots suggested, there will be dialogue choices in the game. How deeply these will affect your journey remains unknown.
The present day narrative nor the First Civilization were mentioned, but we did receive hints that the First Civ and Pieces of Eden will play some type of role in Odyssey. Just like how Origins leaned into some of Egypt’s mythology with fantastic creatures and gods, Odyssey does the same near the end of the trailer where what appears to be a Minotaur shows up.
Its graphics and menus are similar to those utilized in Origins but with their own unique Greek flavor. It’s easy to say it looks like an Origins re-skin, but it seems to be shaping up into so much more.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 5, 2018.