Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey closes the E3 2018 conference this year for Ubisoft.
The first video is a full-blown in-gameplay trailer showcasing the different styles of gameplay and some of the narrative we would expect for the title, with sprawling vistas, massive cities and towns, and of course, open world action you would expect from the franchise.
Jonathan Dumont, the creative director of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, touts the game as a “role-playing adventure” set in Ancient Greece. He goes into the brief history lesson of the Peloponnesian Wars, and the conflict between Athens and Sparta. The game is going to be shaped by your choices.
This includes two characters to pick, Alexios or Kassandra. You play that character for the entire game, bearing the mysterious weapon of a legendary Spartan Leonidas.
The spear of Leonidas is more than just a macguffin, it is used as a weapon that can give Alexios or Kassandra tons of abilities. We see them using the spear as a dagger in close-quarters combat, as an arrow raining down on wildlife, or as a thrown weapon to assassinate a target.
They have also changed the way stories are told, by adding dialogue choices into the game. This was confirmed earlier in the day, when in-game dialogue and even romance options were leaked beforehand.
A long-form demo of the game shows Kassandra exploring Mykonos Island. We see her interacting with characters, a return of sailing mechanics from Assassin’s Creed 3 and Black Flag, horseback archery and other combat mechanics found in Assassin’s Creed: Origins. WE also get glimpses of character progression and abilities, mostly stemming from the same mechanics found in Origins. Alexios and Kassandra can equip tons of equipment and level up abilities as they see fit, building their character as they level up.
We also get a glimpse of a mass battle between the Athenians and the Spartans, showcasing a lot of chaos between the two sides as bodies drop on the beach. We even get a heroes duel between Kassandra and Diokles, a large Athenian who fights to the death.
Ubisoft is looking to change up Assassin’s Creed into a more interactive role-playing experience than previous titles in the series. It certainly showed that through these closing moments of the trailer, hinting at more mythological creatures tucked away in the game.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is scheduled for release later this fall, on October 5th, 2018.
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