After a few leaks, including a keychain, Ubisoft has officially confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the next entry in the roof-running, hidden blade-wielding series. The reveal for what should be an Assassin’s Creed Origins sequel came via a very short teaser video posted on the official Ubisoft Twitter channel. It shows off one character kicking another character off a cliff. It could well be a reference to the Spartans kicking the Persian messengers into the well ahead of the Battle of Thermopylae, which was famously depicted in the film 300.
See you at E3! pic.twitter.com/03NTPhCkCfMay 31, 2018
As you can see for yourself, there’s a definite Greek theme going on with the artwork surrounding the logo, and a very 300 movie inspired Spartan helmet. However, in a kind of blink and you’ll miss it moment, you’ll see that the guy doing the kicking has a sword sheathed on his belt that has a snake head for a handle. The snake is actually the symbol for the Order of the Ancients, which became the Order of the Templars. That could mean the kicker is actually a Templar rather than an Assassin – or it could mean that the character choice mentioned in the below 4chan leak could go as far as being a choice between playing as an Assassin or a Templar.
From the Assassin’s Creed Origins ending , it was fairly clear that the next game was going to be set in Greece, and although she doesn’t feature in this teaser trailer, we’re still hoping we’ll be playing as Aya – or Amunet as she becomes known by the end of the game.
Until the full Assassin’s Creed Odyssey E3 announcement, we’ll collate everything we know about the game here for your reading pleasure, and eventual excitement.
There’s no word on the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date as yet
Ubisoft may have given us a teaser trailer, but an Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date isn’t very likely to arrive until the Ubisoft E3 press conference on June 11.
However, the 4chan leak that we explore below suggests that the game will arrive “first/second quarter 2019” similar to what Ubisoft did with Far Cry 5 this year.
According to Kotaku sources, the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey release date lies in Ubisoft’s Fiscal Year 2019, which actually ends on March 31, 2019, so we might be seeing it fairly soon.
When it does come out, no doubt it’ll arrive on PS4, Xbox One and PC as is the norm with Assassin’s Creed games.
The Assassin’s Creed “Dynasty” 4chan leak might have some weight to it after all
Whenever a leak about an unannounced game appears on a forum you always have to take it with a heavy grain of salt. But a rumour about a game codenamed Assassin’s Creed “Dynasty” appeared in early May on Chinese forum 4chan (as reported by GameByte, and included the above image of what they claimed was Athens very early in the development cycle. Of course, it didn’t exactly scream official, but now we know the next game is called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and is set in Greece, there’s definitely some weight to the commentary that was posted alongside the image, which is as follows:
- Takes place during the rise of Flavian Dynasty in Achaea, Macedonia, Trace and the Aegean Sea, but not Asia Minor (most of Modern Greece)
- Rhodes will be in game, but Crete will be a DLC similar to THO [Assassin’s Creed Origins’ The Hidden Ones DLC]
- Templars are families that control cities and the three provinces as Roman Clients and administer propaganda for the new Emperor
- Can choose to play as male or female protagonist from Sparta
- Major differences in the main story, targets, skills and customisation based on character chosen
- Character story arcs do intersect and choice does not affect MD [modern day] outcome
- Larger emphasis on MD [modern day]
- Bayek/Aya not in game but play an important role in the story
- Several cities play larger roles in the story, making the player return unlike in Origins
- Largest cities are Sparta, Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Thessalonica, Phillippi
- About same size map size of Origins with water
- Like Assassin’s Creed Origins with more naval focus, about 30% naval
- Social Stealth will return
- More customisation options
- Coming out first/second quarter 2019 like Far Cry 5 for emphasis on Splinter Cell Holiday 2018
- Next game will take place in Rome possibly Japan after that
- Judea under Herod was discussed but not pursued as a full game due to likely political/cultural backlash but Judea and the Sicarii will be a DLC similar to CotP [Origins’ Curse of the Pharoah DLC]
If all of that is as true as the Greek setting, then this could be a very eye-opening look at what the next game will be. Increased naval focus is exciting, as is the increased narrative choice based on the character you choose. Interestingly, a Kotaku leak suggests that the game will also include dialogue options for the first time in the series’ history, while also reaffirming the choice of a male or female protagonist, which are both new heroes rather than Aya or Bayek returning.
Keep your eyes glued to that Ubisoft E3 conference for more on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and use this like your little cheat sheet ahead of time.
It all started with a keyring
Before Ubisoft actually got the chance to official unveil Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, an image appeared on French gaming site JeuxVideo showing off a keyring. But it wasn’t just any keyring. The packaging revealed the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey title and the keyring itself had a distinctive Spartan helmet design, basically confirming that we are headed to ancient Greece.