It’s becoming increasingly clear as we learn more about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey that, whether you’re playing as Alexios or Kassandra, you’ll be something of a superhero in Ubisoft’s simulation of ancient Greece, including the fact that there’s a way to completely eliminate fall damage from the game altogether.
This is thanks to one of Odyssey‘s most significant changes: the weapon you’ll always be carrying. Odyssey is trading in the series’ iconic hidden blade for the Spear of Leonidas, a First Civilization-built tool that will allow you to upgrade your character with fantastical abilities.
One of these fantastical abilities is jumping off of anything, from any height, and not taking any fall damage. This ability can be earned by upgrading one of the game’s new skills, the familiarly titled Leap of Faith.
According to Ubisoft (via PCGamesN), the Leap of Faith is no longer relegated to jumping off of perches conveniently located just above haystacks or bodies of water. This time, it’s a baseline, passive ability that will now make it impossible to die from fall damage. Upgrading it at level 20 means you will never take any fall damage, no matter how far you fell.
These passive and active abilities are unlockable by spending experience points on the game’s three skill trees: Hunter (ranged attacks), Assassin (stealth abilities), and Warrior (melee combat). Unlockable active abilities include a devastating Spartan Kick that sends enemies flying, a Rush Assassination that lets players throw their spear into the hearts of their enemies and basically teleport over to retrieve it, and an ability that lets you grab enemy shields and use them against your foes.
While Assassin’s Creed Odyssey might not include actual members of the Assassin’s Brotherhood for the first time in the game’s history, the Spear of Leonidas and its association with the First Civilization seems to be the game’s main connective thread to the rest of the series. It’ll be interesting to see how these new super powerful abilities affect the series as a whole when Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 5th.