Today, during Ubisoft's E3 2018 press briefing, Assassin's Creed Odyssey was given a considerable amount of screen time and new information regarding what we can expect from the game.
The latest Assassin's Creed adventure is set in 431 BC in the Peloppenesian War, with a "contrast between the land and the sea," with a contrast between "order and free will."
There will be two characters to play as: Kassandra and Alexios, with the same playable story for both. Raised as Spartan warriors as young children, though they're torn apart by tragic events at a young age. The story picks up 17 years later on the island of Kefalonia. Your character, depending on who you choose, is trained to be a mercenary, and there's a certain contract that opens up the entire world to let you explore it as you see fit, sending you on your own "odyssey," as the title implies. Interestingly enough, you'll play as the grandchild of famous warrior king Leonidas.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey also brings back the Present Day storylines seen in past titles, exploring Layla's story as she searches for First Civilization knowledge and artifacts.
You can recruit just about anyone in the world you come across, with characters who can provide special buffs to your ship, such as increased health or other boons to aid you in your travels. An interactive dialogue system will ensure that your choices matter, though when it comes to historical events, they will always work out the way they've been recorded throughout history.
The naval system will be presented as something of a seamless experience, where you can sail around in your own upgradeable boat while recruiting others to sail with you. You can also ramp into other ships and even cleave them in two, depending on how ruthless you feel like being. You'll have to watch out around certain ships, however, as many of them have different abilities they can use.
During the show, the mission "Trouble in Paradise" was shown off to include a look at gameplay instead of simply cinematic trailers.
Ubisoft confirmed Assassin's Creed Odyssey last month, after a keychain leaked the game's existence to hungry fans around the world. Since then, it's been subject to several other leaks, including screenshots and various other tidbits ahead of Ubisoft's E3 2018 conference.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is releasing on Oct. 5, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.