The leaks continue to roll out ahead of E3 reveals, with Assassin's Creed Odyssey yet again being caught in the center of them. These began when gaming website Gematsu found screenshots on the servers of GamePro.de, showing all new images and information about the upcoming Assassin's Creed game. It really took off though when an interview by UNILADGaming leaked on Facebook, and while now taken down was, of course, saved by the internet.
The interview is with Mel MacCoubrey the Narrative Director of Assassin's Creed Odyssey and she opens up with some high-level thematic details before revealing that you can choose between two characters - Alexios and Kassandra, a pair of siblings from a Spartan background. Tragedy befalls the family, and the story picks up seventeen years later with whichever sibling you opted to play as becoming a mercenary with a contract that opens up the world for them.
One major returning aspect of the series for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is the naval combat system, most prominently featured in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. This time, you'll be on the Aegean Sea with your ship at times, and able to interact with Spartans, Athenians, pirates, and mercenaries on the sea. You'll be able to recruit various people for your ship, giving it abilities or buffs to improve it.
Combat from Assassin's Creed Origins returns and is built upon for Odyssey. New features include customizable gear that you can upgrade as you level and an ability system that is connected to the spear and how you use the spear in combat. There are other abilities of course, which impact how you handle and approach combat.
One of the big showstoppers though is that Assassin's Creed Odyssey will have dialogue options and able to choose what your character is saying. While historical events will play out the same way they did historically, your personal story and other tales going on around you can go in different paths based on what you choose. The video shows choices that are more than a couple - at least 4 options at one point, meaning that it is at least as robust and clearer then Fallout 4's dialogue system.
Additionally, they seem to be filling the void left by Bioware in romances. Assassin's Creed Odyssey features romance options from what we can tell, with some dialogue options being shown with a heart to indicate that they are. Based on what we know and see, this includes gay romances, presumably to fit the historical accuracy that Assassin's Creed often touts and uses to enforce its verisimilitude. This dialogue image shows one such instance:
Mel continues saying that Assassin's Creed Odyssey will have their largest map and that there are various monuments around the world (the video shows some ancient wonders), before coming to a close with a release date of October 5th.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with appropriate other versions of the consoles (pro, s, x) also getting releases. If you want to check out the whole interview, it currently is up on Reddit over here.
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