We put out the word to our valued readers in the last few days to send us any question that you wanted to be answered about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game, Odyssey.
We had a few great questions, some of which we can’t answer completely, but I’ve done my best to answer most of them here in some way. As I mentioned in my review, which is also live right now, the story is one of the best things about Odyssey, so I’ll be trying to keep spoilers at an absolute minimum.
And trust us, it’s a great game, and those who loved Origins will love Odyssey even more.
Nicholas Blaxell asks “Why isn’t the Switch version available outside of Japan?”
The Nintendo Switch version is actually a Cloud Version of the game. Resident Evil 7 did it previously as well. Basically, you’ll download an app to your Switch, load it, buy some time with the game and then stream the whole thing through the internet. Nothing is actually on your Switch in terms of the game files. As you’d imagine, streaming a game is not quite yet supported by infrastructure in the west (or at least at a standard that publishers are happy with) and is better supported in Japan, hence why the release is exclusive to that market.
It’s not a full version of the game you download to your Switch, essentially.
Georgios Skoufezis asks “How many Greek curse words have you heard so far?”
I haven’t heard as many as I thought I have to be honest! I’m Greek myself so I’ve been listening out for all kinds of words to see if I can notice them. That being said, expect “malaka” to pop up a lot. And I mean a lot.
Angelo Labiris asks “What language options are there? Can you change to play the entire game in Greek?”
Other languages are available besides English which can be downloaded and are the typical languages for Europe like French, Spanish and Italian. Surprisingly, there is no Greek option right now though this could be added in a future update. That being said, most of the NPCs still speak Greek in the game when you’re walking through the different settings.
Tynan Hicks asks “Why did they name it after Super Mario Odyssey?”
Ask Homer 😉
Lachlan Noack asks “Is the story changed for each gender?”
The story does change, though I don’t think it’s worth spoiling here. It’s also worth noting that in the novelisation of the game, which is also officially endorsed by Ubisoft, that Kassandra is the “canon” choice. Both are great though!
@dany156 asks “Does it feel like an assassins creed game still? Any modern day elements? Its set before a game called origins – how does that work? Why did they name it after a Mario game lol”
Yes, or at least it feels like Origins did. There are modern day elements, which continue on from Origins and actually feels like they’re working towards something again. Alexios and Kassandra technically aren’t Assassins, so it makes sense that this takes place before Origins. Mario doesn’t own the word Odyssey. 😛
Pierro Awad asks “Is there any online multiplayer?”
No, not yet at least. The only online functionality seems to be the deliver of the Bounties and Contracts which seem to refresh daily, and count down even when your console is turned off. So make sure to complete them ASAP!
@PantsPottson asks “How much impact on the story do player dialogue choices have?”
It varies, of course. Some decisions you make will just affect the quest you’re currently completing. It might end differently, your rewards might change or you might end the quest prematurely. Other decisions you make have much further reaching consequences – for example some decisions might affect whether or not you can reunite whats left of your family, and thus change the ending (of which there are more than 5).
Other decisions might open up entirely new quest lines in the future – saving someone’s life will mean that character will be alive in the future to give you new things to do. Choosing to do a quest before another might mean that a sick character might die. Finding some knowledge in one quest will change how another, related quest plays out.
I’ve gone beyond answering how the dialogue choices affect the story, but pretty much most of the choices you make will have some impact on the story. It just varies as to whether it’s a small or light impact.
Michael Hall asks “Which famous people from history will appear?”
This one is a bit hard to give too much away with. That being said, you can expect to meet many famous Greek figure such as Sokrates, Hippocrates, Herodotus, Perikles and of course the Spartan King himself Leonidas.
@mattyzee asks “Are the protagonists as boring as those in Origins?”
I personally didn’t find Bayek or Aya as boring as you did! But Odyssey has characters that fall more in line with the cheekiness of say Ezio, Edward and Arno than the more stoic nature of Bayek in Origins. I enjoyed them and their journey.
Ryan Simmonds asks “Does it get stale? With Origins after 10 hours it felt repetitive?”
I personally didn’t feel this way about Origins, and completed every location in that game. That being said, the inclusion of naval battles means that you’ll be mixing up your gameplay quite a bit, so perhaps it will feel less repetitive for you? It’s hard to say, but there’s a bit more variety in Odyssey compared to Origins, for sure.
Malachy Hamilton asks “Do microtransactions affect gameplay? At all?”
At the time of writing, they haven’t gone live yet so I’ve not seen a need for them. Most of the microtransactions surrounding this game are all concerned with time saving and cosmetic aspects. I personally never found them to be intrusive at all. There’s so much to do that you’ll rarely be left “short” with any materials you need.
@raygajitos asks “Is it at least better than Unity?”
Yes. Easily! Though Unity is not a high bar to set.
Daniel Way asks “Why is it not Black Flag 2?
Assassin’s Creed Rogue was more or less Black Flag 2 (or at least Black Flag 1.5). Odyssey is by no means a Black Flag 2 either, but it incorporates some of the best bits of Black Flag while still feeling like something new. Ubisoft has never really revisited a story and I don’t see them doing it any time soon.
Josh Cauchi asks “On average, how many ways are there to assassinate your given target in this game? I’m really trying to not have to kill my target then turn into a tank to get out of situations.”
Odyssey as a whole is structure differently to other Assassin’s Creed games, so there’s not major setpiece assassination moments like in Unity and Syndicate. That being said, whenever I had to track down a target it was possible to take them down and escape without being seen, if that’s how I wanted to play. There are some moments where you might have to “tank it” but generally speaking the decision is yours to do whatever you want.
@Element_105 asks “Is there any longer term relationships or is it just sex?”
The romances are not as “in-depth” as you’d have them in a game like Mass Effect. My Alexios slept with about four or five different people throughout the story, men and women, without any consequence. Me romancing one person did not seem to lock me out of romance with another. You meet people multiple times sometimes before you can “romance” them and you can meet people and romance them the first time you meet them. It’s an option in the game but by no means a deep one.
Robbie Shenton asks “How much does it differ from the previous game?”
This is such a big question to answer, but it does feel distinct enough from Origins in several ways. I get into most of it in my review, but almost every system in Origins returns in Odyssey, albeit refined or improved in some way. All that negative space in the desert is replaced with water filled with ruins and shipwrecks to explore, as well as naval battles to (optionally) engage in. Combat feels a lot more involved. It’s much more difficult that Origins to cheese certain battles. The crux of the experience is similar, but the uniqueness of the setting and the improvements make it distinct enough from Origins to warrant a try.
Casey Cody asks “Is there anybody singing ABBA?”
No but it absolutely should be a downloadable expansion for your ship crew to sing while you sail the Aegean, for sure.
Casey Cody asks “Can we visit Meryl Streep?”
Not yet, maybe she’ll pop up in the Atlantis expansion.