Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will bring back Origins‘ modern-day hero Layla Hassan, but she won’t be stuck in a cave the entire time. In fact, she’s going to be doing a bit of traveling.
During a recent preview event, creative director Jonathan Dumont told us that Layla “goes [to] places in the world” during the game, meaning there will be multiple modern day settings.
While much has been made about Odyssey‘s deeper RPG mechanics, Layla’s skills won’t progress the same way that ancient protagonists Alexios’ or Kassandra’s progress “for now,” according to Dumont. However, she will have “dialogue and choices” that will affect the story.
Dumont said that Layla’s story will be “sizable.”
“Our main story branches into different paths and multiple stories,” Dumont said, talking about the parts of the game that are set in ancient Greece. “As you’re progressing through it, more things will open up for you to explore in the past, but one specifically is tied to what you’ll be experiencing at the same time with Layla.”
However, when we asked if Layla was the “new Desmond,” Dumont was a little hesitant to make a one-to-one comparison.
“I don’t know if she’s the new Desmond, but she’s the modern day character that we’re following in this adventure,” he said.
We’ll be giving more of our thoughts on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey over the next few days. The game launches on October 5th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.