Update: After having the beans spilled, Ubisoft went ahead and officially confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is on the way with a brief glimpse at the trailer and a promise we’ll see more at E3.
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They really seem to be shooting for a Spartan vibe with that 300 kick, so it looks like we may indeed be getting a game set during the Peloponnesian War. We’ll know more soon enough.
Original story: The next Assassin’s Creed title seems to have leaked, and it’s coming out sooner than we expected, according to new reports.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins t-shirt leak, another piece of merchandise has apparently leaked the next Assassin’s Creed game’s title and setting.
French site JeuxVideo recently posted an image of a keychain featuring an Athenian-looking helmet in packaging with the title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, stating that this is merchandise for the next Assassin’s Creed game. On top of that, the site claimed that Odyssey is a sequel to Origins.
Kotaku went on to “confirm” JeuxVideo’s report, adding a few more details to the reported leak and showing off its own image of the keychain from a separate anonymous source. As the keychain would suggest, Odyssey is set in ancient Greece following the events of Origins, but the sequel will incorporate even more RPG elements than its predecessor. Dialogue options will now be a thing, and players can choose between a male or female protagonist, both of whom will be new characters.
The most surprising detail to emerge from the leak is when Odyssey will launch. According to Kotaku’s sources, the next Assassin’s Creed title will launch by the end of the current fiscal year, i.e. March 31st, 2019. This might mean that Odyssey will launch as soon as fall 2018. That’s right: Assassin’s Creed might once again become a yearly franchise.
On the one hand, Origins‘ success can largely be attributed to the extra development time. Taking a year off from the series gave Ubisoft room to evolve the Assassin’s Creed formula, giving us a new combat system and more RPG-style elements. However, it could be because Ubisoft now has a new formula that it’s comfortable with bringing Assassin’s Creed back for a second year in a row by simply iterating on Origins‘ success with a few tweaks.
According to Kotaku, the keychain that kicked off these leaks is making its way to retail stores now, suggesting an E3 2018 reveal for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is likely. Now that we’re hearing it, a return to yearly Assassin’s Creed releases is believable. We know that Ubisoft has the infrastructure to pump out another Assassin’s Creed this year. We were just hoping that one of the surprises that Ubisoft promised at its E3 showcase would be either Watch Dogs 3 or a new Splinter Cell game.
The only thing we’re not totally sold on is the exact setting for Odyssey. Previous rumors suggested ancient Greece as the location for the next Assassin’s Creed, so these recent leaks fall in line with that. However, an older Ubisoft survey suggests that Odyssey would take place during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, which occurred way before Origins‘ version of historical events in ancient Egypt. The geographical location seems pretty obvious, but we’re not sure about the timeframe. However, with a name like Odyssey, we’re definitely expecting Ubisoft to possibly bring back deeper sailing mechanics to the franchise.