Fans of the popular Assassin’s Creed series who have been long salivating for more information on the future of the franchise after the success of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins have finally gotten their wish after weeks of speculation following a leak from an unfinished Walmart page listing an Assassin’s Creed title set to be announced at E3 2018, where Ubisoft plans to satisfy gamers far and wide with all of their upcoming titles for this year and next.
Developer Ubisoft Montreal announced Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on social media via the Assassin’s Creed Twitter page. The small snippet of footage features what appears to be a Spartan soldier kicking a Spartan officer off a cliffside followed by the titles of the game featuring a Spartan helmet, which confirms that the next installment in the series will indeed be set in Ancient Greece. This was long speculated by fans after Origins heavily implied a Grecian setting as much of the later missions of the game did involve Bayek coming to the aid of Greeks and Romans who were crossing the seas to Egypt. It would make sense that this would be the next step for Bayek and his recently established Brotherhood to expand to Grecian soil.
However, it is possible that Odyssey may not be a direct follow-up to Origins as originally believed. According to an anonymous source on 4chan, the game will be set during the Flavian Dynasty. This lessens the likelihood that Bayek would have an active role within the game and would serve as a minor character since the Flavian Dynasty had begun nearly a century after the events of Origins. Of course, that does not mean that he will not be referenced and won’t have appearances via flashbacks surrounding the Brotherhood’s rise in Greece.
Yes, these are leaks and rumors and as such they should be taken with a grain of salt, but it does make sense. It would be a smart move for Ubisoft to capitalize on the momentum and goodwill generated by Origins, which sold 1.51 million units in it’s first week of release. The only problem with this announcement now is that it does contradict a previous statement from the company in which they said that a new Assassin’s Creed title in 2018 would be unlikely and that they would stay committed to developing DLC for Origins. This begs the question about what role will Odyssey play in the series? Will it be a large expansion for Origins, that can function as a standalone?
All that we can do now is speculate until Ubisoft further elaborates on Odyssey during their presentation at E3 on June 11th.
You can view the announcement for Odyssey here:
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