Following yesterday’s leaks, Ubisoft has briefly popped its head above the parapet to confirm that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is indeed real. Adding further fuel to the hype-train’s well stocked tank, Ubisoft simultaneously released a very short clip on Twitter captioned as ‘See you at E3!’.
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To set the scene, photos of a branded key chain surfaced yesterday on a number of prominent gaming news sites. The official merchandise bore a striking resemble to a Spartan helmet, ending speculation that the next Assassin’s Creed would be set in Ancient Greece.
The video itself doesn’t appear to reveal much, but it does seemingly confirm the Greek setting. The two characters are adorned with unmistakably crested spartan helmets, and metal plate armor festooned with ornamental details that correspond with the era. One is seen being vigorously booted off the edge of a rock formation by the other.
The landscape in the background is reminiscent of the verdant, undulating topography of the coast bordering the Aegean sea and the many islands scattered throughout its waters. Finally, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey‘s logo consists of the Spartan helmet and borders that fit perfectly with the architectural style in vogue back then.
The islands hypothesis is potentially a viable avenue of inquiry. Will Assassin’s Creed Odyssey have us island-hopping aboard a ship as a primary game play loop? If we take into account the titular literary reference to Homer’s poem The Odyssey, whose main hero navigates the Aegean on his eventful journey home to Ithaca following the fall of Troy, it doesn’t seem too far fetched. Having focused on naval transport in Black Flag, Ubisoft already have a tried and tested formula, and a very good one at that.
For now, all we can do is wait for more at E3. Ubisoft’s showcase takes place on Monday June 11th at 1 pm PST, 9 pm BST, and 4 am HKT.