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Ubisoft announces new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at E3

Odyssey will give players the option to play as a male or a female protagonist

Utathya Nag utathya10 12 June 2018, 12:48 PM
Assassin's Creed Odyssey will release on October 5

Assassin's Creed Odyssey will release on October 5 Image: Twitter

French game publisher Ubisoft officially announced the Assassin's Creed Odyssey game at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference held at Los Angeles, California, on Monday. The game will be the latest version of the popular RPG franchise and will be based in ancient Greece of 431 BC as the backdrop.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will release for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 5, 2018. One interesting aspect of the game will be the user's ability to choose to step in the shoes of either a male protagonist Alexios or a female lead Kassandra — both descendants of legendary Spartan king Leonidas.

Now, this won't be the first time an Assassin's Creed title will have a female lead. To recall, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which released back in 2015, gave players the ability to switch between siblings Evie and Jacob Fyre to use their different skill sets as needed.

But Odyssey works differently. Players can choose between  Alexios or Kassandra to complete the full game and it doesn't really have any major impact on the storyline. Both characters have different avatars and are portrayed by different voice actors. We have also come across playable female characters in various other Assassin's Creed titles but none were part of the main line of games or the central characters.

Interestingly, Odyssey is developed by Ubisoft Quebec — the same studio which worked on Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Odyssey will follow the footsteps of Assassin's Creed Origins — the franchise's last instalment released last year — and will build on the reworked game and combat mechanics introduced by it.

Ubisoft also announced other big upcoming releases including Beyond Good and Evil 2, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and For Honor Marching Fire.

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