Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is now upon us. Ubisoft recently announced the game’s post launch plans and season pass content, and I have to say, it’s a very impressive lineup. To those unaware, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes place four hundred years prior to the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Now, I know what you’re thinking. How can protagonists Alexios or Kassandra be assassins if Origins’ Bayek doesn’t found the order until centuries later? There’s a very feasible explanation in the lore, presumably explained in the game.
Though, that’s for another time. It’s no secret that I absolutely love the franchise. Sure, it’s had its ups and downs, but for the most part, it’s been pretty spot on. For me, Odyssey is one of my most anticipated titles of the year. There’s a lot of weight riding on this release and who knows when a new installment will come into view after Odyssey. Ubisoft has already stated that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game coming in 2019, so if, like me, you’re a big fan of the series, you’ll want to make the most of Odyssey now that it’s here.
Thankfully, as alluded to above, the post launch drop is one hell of an impressive serving. After launch, the season pass will produce two large story arcs; Legacy of the First Blade and The Fate of Atlantis, spread across three episodes a piece. These arcs are said to dive deep into the war of the assassin’s and Greek myths. Legacy of the First Blade introduces players to the first person to ever use the Hidden Blade, forever altering history. Legacy of the First Blade will indeed reveal more about the history that led to the formation of the Assassins.
The Fate of Atlantis, on the other hand, will set players against mythic creatures while they uncover the mysteries of the fabled sunken city of Atlantis. Each story arc will launch as a series of episodic adventures, with new episodes releasing approximately every six weeks. Furthermore, season pass owners will receive Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, which includes all of the game’s post-launch content, with support for 4K and HDR on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, alongside higher-resolution textures, improved lighting rendering, and more.
Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of Assassin’s Creed III, but this is certainly nice for those of you that enjoyed it more than I did. Moving onto the freebies. Headlining the free stuff is what Ubisoft is titling The Lost Tales of Greece. These will be served as free quests that will feature familiar faces and brand new characters, and will be released regularly, in-between the episodes outlined above. This will ensure that there’s always something new to get up to in the world of Odyssey, and given its dark theme, I can hardly wait to see what’s coming.
On top of this, the game will also offer some tough in-game events that are designed to push the skills of players to their max, in return for sweet loot and high-end gear. Each and every week, a new mercenary or ship will appear, presenting players with some powerful foes to overcome. Daily and weekly contracts will send players across new voyages, and once complete, you’ll be rewarded with a special form of currency that can only be spent at the Oikos of the Olympians merchants – an exclusive, regularly restocked merchant chain.
Here, players can purchase rare and exotic gear, with new inventory arriving each and every week. Rounding off these already impressive plans will be the addition of new monstrous and mythical creatures, as well as the much demanded new game plus mode – allowing players to run the story again and test out how different choices will affect their stories. So, there you have it. Impressive, or what? I have to say, as someone who has enjoyed each installation so far, this is by far the most robust and packed experience in the series to date.
If you want to check out the trailer for the post-launch plans, we’ve included it at the head of this article. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey released on October 5th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Despite that the game looks strikingly familiar to Origins in terms of design and presentation, this is one of the darkest chapters in the franchise. Are you equally as impressed with Odyssey? Or has the series burnt you out over the years? Do you enjoy the new direction? Sound off in the commends below to get in on the action.