An off-screen image of an upcoming "Assassin's Creed" game has leaked online, with reports claiming that the new entry into the franchise will be called "Assassin's Creed: Origins." The off-screen image of "Assassin's Creed: Origins" was posted on Reddit by a user with the handle "shoutouttoashraf." The username is speculated to be referring to Ashraf Ismail, a Ubisoft employee that also worked on "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" and is also known to be working on the still-unannounced game, according to Eurogamer. A source has also confirmed to the gaming news site that the leaked image is legitimate. The leaked photo shows a player character on a wooden sailboat.
We are going to probably be seeing E3 leaks every hour on the hour until the show is over, and the trend continues with Assassin's Creed Odyssey today. It was leaked via a promotional keychain (a keychain!) that Assassin's Creed Odyssey was Ubisoft's next game in the series last week, but today we have a fresh Odyssey leak courtesy of the PlayStation store. We already knew the game focuses on Greece and Spartans (that much was clear from the helmet on the keychain and Ubisoft's follow-up teaser), but this description is noteworthy for a couple reasons. "Take control of your destiny and write your own epic odyssey as you journey to become a legendary Spartan hero. Rejected by your family, you must embark on an adventure from outcast mercenary to legendary Spartan hero to uncover the truth about your past.
In the absence of trade shows and other physical preview events, publishers are getting creative with their video game marketing. Today, Ubisoft casually launched a livestream that will reveal the setting of the next Assassin's Creed game. But here's the wild part: instead of a simple countdown, Ubisoft is broadcasting an artist working in Adobe Photoshop. At the time of writing, the canvas shows a mysterious silhouette of a powerful figure (the next game's protagonist, presumably) in front of a split background that contains icy waters and luscious fields. Will it end with some kind of trailer, or a finished poster?
Among the many new features promised in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is the ability to make dialogue choices that affect the outcome of quests in the game. It's an innovation that the franchise has previously avoided because its very premise prohibits dialogue interactivity. Assassin's Creed games are about modern day protagonists using a machine called the Animus to experience the memories of figures in the past exactly as they happened. The assumption is that any player choices made in the process are simply the way it went down however many years ago. Adding dialogue and the rumored possibility of multiple endings goes against the established "science" of the Animus, but this step forward was telegraphed in previous games in a way that will change the Assassin's Creed franchise from Odyssey onward.
Ubisoft's most-spotlighted (and most-leaked) game of E3 was definitely Assassin's Creed Odyssey, a new entry in the game that is…going back to making the series an annual franchise, even if Ubisoft said they were steering away from that. While Odyssey looks a lot like an Origins reskin, this time set in ancient Greece, it's going pretty hard into full-on RPG territory, complete with individual pieces of armor with different rarities, dialogue trees and even romance options for your character, where you can play as either the male Alexios or female Kassandra, both angling to become Spartan legends. What has been consistently weird about Assassin's Creed Odyssey is that other than looking like an Assassin's Creed game, there are almost no traces of…Assassins at all, at least as we've come to know them. There is an "assassin" skill tree, but that's a lower case "a" along with hunter and warrior skill trees. The only thing that seems remotely connected to the Assassin's Creed universe at all is that it seems pretty clear that your treasured weapon, the spear of Leonidas, is a Piece of Eden, giving you supernatural powers in combat.