The next installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise will take us to ancient Greece, according to a report on Thursday from French gaming site JeuxVideoLive (via Kotaku). Kotaku’s Jason Schreier confirmed this report.
The rumor mill is seemingly always flooded with Assassin’s Creed leaks and theories, and sometimes it’s hard to sift through what’s real and what’s fake. JeuxVideoLive reports, however, that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and will be a sequel to Origins. Kotaku confirmed this with their own sources. The news stems from a keychain that was sent out early to retailers.
Rumors have also been that Odyssey will add dialogue choices to the various gameplay features already a part of the Assassin’s Creed series. This would be a first for the series, which has never had branching storylines. Odyssey will also allow players to choose between a male and female protagonist; another first for Assassin’s Creed. So far, it seems the characters are not Bayek or Aya. Assassin’s Origins added many RPG elements and switched up the button layout to a more RPG/Dark Souls-style system, which will likely return in Odyssey.
Kotaku’s sources said that Odyssey will be released in 2019, although it will be Ubisoft’s fiscal 2019, which ends in March. This means that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is likely a Fall 2018 game and we’ll most likely be seeing it at E3 this year. Ubisoft took a year off between Unity and Origins, which worked well in terms of fan reception. It seems they’ve gone back to the yearly schedule with Odyssey.