E3 2018 – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: female lead, release date, setting revealed

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Ubisoft has announced at its E3 press conference that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be released on October 5, 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The French publisher also revealed a wealth of detail about the next instalment of the long-running historical action-adventure franchise. As we previously speculated, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will take place in Ancient Greece. But at its E3 press conference, Ubisoft dated it more specifically: it will document events taking place in the Peloponnesian War at around 431BC (around 380 years before the events depicted in Assassin’s Creed: Origins).

So it will take place during the war between the city-states of Athens and Sparta, and its action will take in settings including the islands of Delos and Mykonos, and Attica on the mainland. Historical figures including Socrates and Hippocrates will feature.

Players will be able to choose between a male or female protagonist, Alexios or Kassandra, who, Ubisoft says, will offer an identical gameplay experience. Their back-story casts them as Spartan outcasts, who have become neutral mercenaries. A relic called the Spear of Leonidas will unlock what the company describes as: “Seemingly supernatural” abilities as players progress through the game.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will also feature a branching dialogue system, in which players’ choices will alter the storyline according to whom, for example, they choose to ally themselves with. That should make the game feel more RPG-like, along the lines, perhaps, of games like Mass Effect.

Ubisoft also revealed details of the various editions of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: there will be a Digital Deluxe Edition bringing extra gear packs, a naval pack and boosts to XP and currency. The Gold Edition will come with a season pass and early access starting on October 2, plus there will be an Ultimate Edition.

For further information, you might want to keep an eye on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s official website.

If you need a recap of all the E3 2018 conferences, we’ve got highlights over on our blog.