Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is official, following the leak of a branded keyring and subsequent E3 2018 announcement. The series has been a household name in the gaming world since the release of the first game back in 2007, and although it has had a rocky reputation in recent years with buggy releases, 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins brought life and excitement back into the franchise.
Though rumours suggest that we won't see Assassin's Creed Odyssey in 2018, there is still information about the upcoming game available online. Here’s everything we know so far about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, including a possible release date window, game location and platform availability.
We got the chance to play the game ourselves at E3, so read our hands-on preview to find out what we think.
When will Assassin’s Creed Odyssey be released?
So, when should we expect the next title in the Assassin’s Creed series to become available? While early Assassin's Creed games would appear every year like clockwork, Ubisoft decided to take a 'year off' and sink more time into the development of Assassin's Creed Origins. It paid off, with Origins being praised as the greatest game in the franchise's history, and many (us included) thought that it'd also be the case for Odyssey.
But it seems like that isn't to be the case; Ubisoft took to the stage at E3 2018 and confirmed that Assassin's Creed Origins will be available on 5 October 2018.
In the meantime, why not take a look at our selection of the best PS4 games of 2018?
Which platforms will Assassin's Creed Odyssey be available on?
While Ubisoft didn't mention platform support during the E3 2018 reveal, the Ubisoft store reveals that the game is set to come to PS4, Xbox One and PC, much like Origins. We also expect support for the high-end PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, allowing us to enjoy Ancient Greece in glorious 4K.
Some may be holding out hope for Nintendo Switch support because Assassin’s Creed on the go sounds incredible, but we’re doubtful that the hardware could power the kind of experience offered by the game. And even if it could, we think it’d be too aggressive on battery life to make it playable when out and about. We’re happy to be proven wrong though, Ubisoft!
What should I expect from Assassin's Creed Odyssey gameplay?
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is set in Ancient Greece in the days before the events of Assassin's Creed Origins, which technically makes Odyssey a prequel to Origins. What should we expect? Well...
Male and female lead characters
For the first time in the Assassin's Creed franchise, you'll be able to choose between a male and female protagonist. And before all those butt-hurt gamers start complaining about women being in the game, it's worth noting that Spartan women had a lot more freedom in Sparta compared to other Greek states (and even some modern-day countries!) making it historically accurate.
Ubisoft has taken the RPG changes first introduced in Origins and upgraded them for Odyssey. As well as being able to upgrade your gear and skills like in the previous game, you'll also be able to dictate how interactions with NPCs play out. You'll be able to choose from several answers, and what happens is down to how you respond. You could talk your way out of a fist-fight, or antagonise your enemies. It's all down to you and your play-style.
As shown off in one of the two trailers showcased at E3 2018, Odyssey looks to introduce a bunch of Greek-themed weaponry (including a trident!) along with the re-introduction of ship combat. Ship combat was first introduced back in Black Flag, and was touched upon in 2017's Origins, so it'll be interesting to see how the team have improved it since.
Huge battle sequences
Due to the setting of Odyssey, you'll come across multiple battles between the Athenians and the Spartans. These will take place with or without you, although your input can help turn the tide for the Spartans, and they look incredible. As showcased in the extended gameplay trailer, you'll cut your way through hundreds of NPCs alongside your Spartan brethren with a flurry of combat skills before confronting a final 'boss'.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey trailers
Take a look at the first deep-dive into the world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey showcased at E3 2018, including open-world gameplay and combat: