At this year’s Ubisoft E3 presentation, we got a beefy look at the new Greece-centered Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Creative director Jonathon Dumont was on hand to take the audience through the lush world of the Golden Age of Athens, where progress reigns against a backdrop of chaos and war. The game will feature two playable characters, Alexios and Kassandra, that the player chooses at the beginning and remains with through the entire game.
The new main weapon, the Spear of Leonidas, was on display as well. We saw glimpses of the various combat and stealth skills the mythical weapon gives the character, including the memetic Spartan Kick popularized by the movie 300.
Ubisoft wrapped up the announcement with a gameplay video from Odyssey. The most striking and immediate aspect of the video are the colors. Odyssey’s Greece pops with vibrant blues and greens, and at times the game feels as though you’re playing an interactive painting. In it the player, who had chosen to experience the story as Kassandra, took on a quest to kill Diokles, an Athenian warrior with whom her dialogue reveals an axe to grind. The clip cut around a little bit as Kassandra fought off a mercenary sent for her head, gathered information and found a lead on her target in the form of a group of Spartans asking for help bucking a little Athenian oppression. We saw a huge, frantic battle on a Greek beach, and caught the tail end of Kassandra’s victory over Diokles.
After the gameplay faded out, we were treated to one more trailer. Rich landscapes, violent seas, and brutal combat were all on full display, and as a cherry on top Ubisoft even teased the Minotaur’s presence in the game.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be released on XBox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 5, 2018.