When Assassin's Creed Odyssey launches this fall, players will be able to join the ranks of an ancient Greek army as either a male or female character. To help drive that choice home, it was revealed this weekend that the game will also feature a reversible cover, letting players proudly display the game with their choice of protagonist, Alexios or Kassandra. Ubisoft sure has come a long way from those days where it was simply too costly to animate female characters.
Maybe that joke is played out at this point, but that's what happens when a major developer/publisher makes such a ridiculous claim. Speaking of making claims, that's exactly what happened this weekend, as Assassin's Creed Odyssey Creative Director Jonathan Dumont took to social media for an "ask me anything." When asked about the games cover art, Dumont had the following to say.
That's fantastic news since, again, the game will allow players to choose which gender they want their character to be. Actually, that kind of choice is being plugged into just about every facet of the game, giving the newest Assassin's Creed a strong action RPG vibe.
Set in 431 BCE, characters will first pick what gender they want to play as and, though gameplay, they'll provide support to either Athens or Sparta during the Peloponnesian War. What's also interesting about this latest game in the Creed series is that it doesn't seem super focused on historical accuracy. Previous games typically boasted more realistic versions of historical locations and abilities. In Odyssey, several locations look far more fantastical with massive carvings and statues that, as far as we are aware, were not a part of that particular landscape. And as the descendant of Leonidas, you carry a spear that seems to grant you magical powers.
While you're out in the field, pulling off missions for your chosen faction, you'll have various skill trees to upgrade and relationships to pursue. Ubisoft has also made it clear that players can romance a wide roster of characters to fulfill the spectrum of sexual preferences. In other words, this latest Assassin's Creed appears to be filling the void left by the currently on-hold Mass Effect series. Since it's keeping the structure and combat of 2017's Origins and bringing back naval combat, we figure fans will be pretty excited to have a bunch of their favorite ingredients, including some new to the series, all in one place.
If you've got some time, it's worth checking out the rest of the AMA to pick up some additional tidbits about the game. Fans ask about everything from progression systems and dynamic weather to puzzles and ship upgrades. They even dive a bit into the story, with Dumont explaining that a companion novel will provide the canon story, while players get to basically choose their own adventure and follow the path to a collection of alternate endings.