With numerous rumors circulating about the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, a more concrete leak came to light today. Namely in the form of a photo purporting to show an official merchandise key ring. The packaging is branded as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is believed to be the title for the upcoming game.
More interestingly, the key ring itself adopts the shape of an Athenian or Spartan helmet, which leaves very little doubt as to where the action is set to take place: Ancient Greece. A photo of the key ring was first posted by respected French gaming site JeuxVideo-Live, then a shot of an identical key ring surfaced in a Kotaku article, adding credence to Odyssey being Ubisoft’s newest entry in the series.
Kotaku also reported that their own sources confirm the Greek setting, relaying that the game will continue in the dramatic shift away from the franchise’s usual comfort zone kick started by Origins. The sources reportedly explain the game will incorporate ‘dialogue options’, further deepening the RPG-feel introduced in Assassin’s Creed Origins, and will feature both a male and female protagonist, although Bayek and Aya are not returning.
A 2019 fiscal year release is also floating around, i.e. before April next year, though an autumn release is far more likely if we account for Ubisoft’s preferred release schedule. Ubisoft hasn’t uttered a word regarding the matter, as such there’s no confirmation that the game actually exists, though today’s information suggests otherwise. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey may indeed feature during Ubisoft’s E3 showcase.
It’s interesting to consider that an Assassin’s Creed Origins branded t-shirt leaked at very much the same time last year. Ubisoft are seemingly adopting a similar tempo this time around, shipping out merchandise in May for an E3 announcement and a fall release.
Assassin’s Creed Origins was a return to form for the series. If Odyssey is set to follow in the same footsteps, I can’t wait for more details and, fingers crossed, game play footage at E3. Get hyped boys and girls.