Ubisoft’s next iteration in the franchise takes place in 431 BCE
The year is 431 BCE in Greece, and players take control of either Kassandra or Alexios , a child born into the era of the Peloponnesian War and into a tragic prophecy as foretold by the Oracle of Delphi. Players will be cast out of a Spartan family as a child as can be seen in the trailer by way of father Nikolas knocking a child off a cliff and will eventually return to Greece as a mercenary.
Ubisoft emphasises two things that players must immediately make a decision about their player-character either Kassandra or Alexios, and that such a decision has zero impact on the gameplay that follows. Other than dialogue tweaks for the names and different voice actors for your own character, the game is designed to play out in a mechanically identical fashion.
While Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has been relatively light on story details so far, it makes sense for reasons other than the timeline. We are already seeing our hero wield a Piece of Eden in the form of the spear, something so powerful it will likely end up corrupting anyone that uses it long enough. And it’s the goal of the Templar to acquire more of these and use them to rule the world with a rigid order.
Assassins Creed: Odyssey launches worldwide on PC, Xbox One & PS4 on 5 October 2018