Assassin's Creed Odyssey is real, y'all. Ubisoft officially revealed the next game in the Assassin's Creed series in a tweet Thursday after an early leak revealed its name and logo ahead of E3. Based on the logo and short clip, Assassin's Creed Odyssey appears that it will be taking place in ancient Greece. The clip is incredibly short and features one guy punting another guy off a cliff in the style of King Leonidas in the movie 300. If the Spartan helmet in the logo didn't make it clear enough that this game is set in ancient Greece, surely that kick cements it.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey screenshots have leaked online prior to Ubisoft's big reveal. Screenshots for Assassin's Creed Odyssey have leaked online prior to Ubisoft's big reveal this afternoon. The game, which is set in ancient Greece, looks remarkably similar to last year's Assassins Creed Origins, which was set in ancient Egypt around 47 BC. Judging by these screenshots, this game takes place much earlier, making it a prequel to the Assassins' origin story. There's a bit of evidence for this in the screens, though we're left with questions.
I thought for sure Assassin's Creed would be taking a break this year--it seemed like Ubisoft was switching to an every other year cycle, trading off with Watch Dogs. And yet here we are, a week before E3, and there's now confirmation of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. The news first came by way of a leaked "collectible helmet keychain" on the French site JeuxVideo. Ubisoft went ahead and confirmed it a few hours later though, with a brief video of one guy kicking another off a cliff, a title splash, and a "See you at E3" message. I guess if you're going to set a game in Ancient Greece, you pretty much have to copy that kick-a-guy-in-the-chest moment from 300.
Okay, so at this point we only know three things about the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. For one thing, it's called Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. For another, it's set in Ancient Greece. And finally, it will have a spiffy little keychain to go along with it. There are some other rumors floating around it, however, notably that it will feature dialogue choices for the first time in the series history, and that it will include a level of character customization that we haven't necessarily seen before.
I'll never forget the time I watched the trailer for 300, the iconic fantasy war film from 2006 about King Leonidas of Sparta and his clash against the Persians with a heavily outnumbered army. As soon as I saw the scene where Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, screamed "This is Sparta" at the top of his lungs and then kicked a dude down a deep concrete well, I knew the movie was going to be an instant classic. Less than a year after touring Egypt with Origins, Ubisoft is taking us to King Leonidas' world in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. The new game takes place in 431BC, right at the start of the Peloponnesian war between the competing cities of Sparta and Athens. As these two empires fight to establish broader power, your play as a young Spartan mercenary who goes on quest to help his people defeat the Athenians.