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Sokrates, Bears, Snow-Capped Mountains and Tyranny

by Rhys ap Gwyn

A glimpse behind Greece in a new Assassin's Creed Odyssey video.

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Ubisoft have released another episode in their ‘Behind the Odyssey’ series, giving us a look at the development and thought processes behind their upcoming blockbuster action-rpg, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

This new video shows off the unique geology of Greece, and how that allows for impressive vistas, demanded awesome draw distances and influenced over saturated colours. The developers also go into detail regarding the political landscape at the time and how the team approached rebuilding ancient Greece and its inhabitants, using documents, writings and records of the time.

Their first episode focused on the rpg elements being baked into the game from player choices and advanced customization options through to world allegiances, skill trees, different combat style approaches, romances and even multiple endings!

The second video dove into combat customization. It explored why your combat style is different from other in-game warriors and how it’s based on Origin’s combat system with a renewed focus on mobility and dynamism. It also showed off a bunch of different weapons including the adrenaline system which builds up to allow special spear abilities.

The third video gave us a look at naval exploration and how players can use the sea as a constant tool for getting from location to location. It showed off some awesome water animations with crashing waves and realistic surf, as well as underwater goodness if you decide to swim. Black Flag of course had ships but, similar to the combat, there’s a clear focus on mobility, allowing for more engaging gameplay.

The game is certainly shaping up to not only be a unique and interesting journey through Ancient Greece but also a breath of fresh air the series so desperately needs, something that fortunately began with last year’s Origins. Something that is further strengthened by Ubisoft moving away from their annual entry model, giving time to respond to players and shifts in the gaming world, with no new Assassin’s Creed game scheduled for 2019. Check out our hands-on impressions from E3.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is out shortly on October 5th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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