With E3 only about a week away, it's no surprise that all sorts of big reveals are starting to leak in advance of the show. Following one such early revelation, Ubisoft has decided to confirm that, yes, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is a very real thing.
The above tweet rolled out from Ubisoft last night confirming a rumor that had been circulating the previous day. We'll get to the background in a minute but, for now, let's talk about what we know. We know that there is a new Assassin's Creed game coming. We know that it is called Odyssey. We know that it features Roman soldiers. And, we know more details will be revealed during E3. We also know that Ubisoft decided to show off a "Spartan kick" from the movie 300 in the first revealed footage from the game, and we're not entirely sure how to feel about this last one.
Leaks are something of a double-edged sword, which is fitting here since that's exactly the kind of weapon Spartans liked to wield. Many game fans and folks covering the industry hate leaks, remembering a time when publishers were actually allowed to surprise their audiences. But if a leak falls into your lap, you'd pretty much be crazy not to publish it, especially if it hasn't appeared anywhere else yet. When a leak does occur, publishers typically have two options. In the case of the recent reveal that Fortnite might be coming to the Switch, for instance, Nintendo has kept its lips zipped on the matter and we're likely to receive that same response until their E3 broadcast goes live.
In the case of Ubisoft, however, they decided to simply roll with the punches. To be fair, the evidence backing many leaks and rumors is typically paper-thin. In the case of the next Assassin's Creed game, it's hard to deny photos of a very real keychain that surfaced on the internet earlier this week that boasted a Spartan helmet design and the logo and title for Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
So, about a day later, Ubisoft shrugged the whole thing off and basically said, yeah, it's a thing, and we'll tell you all about it during E3. Their press conference is scheduled for Monday, June 11, so you've only got about a week and a half left to ponder what might pop up in this latest iteration of Assassin's Creed.
On a personal note, we're hopeful this one has been building in the background for a while. It was a relief to see the series go to an every other year schedule, which likely had something to do with how well Origins turned out. If they're planning on releasing Odyssey this year, that would be a pretty fast turnaround from one game to the next.
But, again, all of those question should be answered in the very near future. See you at E3!