Those who were excited to once again take on the role of Assassin’s Creed Origins‘ Medjay-turned-Hidden-One Bayek of Siwa in the recently confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey might be disappointed by some recent rumors about its setting.
Kotaku’s initial report on the Odyssey leak claimed that the game would take place in Greece following the events of Origins, but a recent report from IGN Germany editor-in-chief Sebastian Ossowski claims that Odyssey will take players even further into the past.
According to Ossowski, Odyssey‘s main character will be a player-created character who is a direct descendant of Leonidas I, the king of Sparta who’s perhaps most famous for his last stand against the Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae. It is unknown whether Leonidas’ only known son and successor, Pleistarchus, was ever married or had children, so this mystery would definitely work to Odyssey‘s narrative favor. On top of that, it seems to confirm our suspicions that the game will take place during the Peloponnesian War between the Delian League of Athens and the Peloponnesian League of Sparta.
Speaking of player-created character, Ossowski claims that players will be able to choose the gender of their character, and will expand Origins‘ RPG elements to include the possibility of the main character forming romantic relationships with other characters. And, since the game is set in classical Greece, same-sex relationships will definitely be an option in Odyssey.
One thing that we were wrong about was who would be making the next Assassin’s Creed. Given Ubisoft’s rigorous development schedule, we thought that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate developer Ubisoft Quebec would get the next crack at the series, but Ossowski reports that the team at Ubisoft Montreal who developed Assassin’s Creed Unity is up to bat this time around. This news might unsettle Assassin’s Creed fans who are still traumatized by some of Unity‘s more grotesque bugs, but previous statements from Ubisoft suggest that the developer and publisher learned a lot from that experience.
While Ossowski doesn’t source any of these informations, it would be pretty strange for a publication like IGN to publish this kind of information with such confidence if there wasn’t some truth to it. We’ll find out soon enough, as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will most likely be a major feature of Ubisoft’s E3 2018 press briefing.