While Ubisoft's E3 2018 press conference isn't until tomorrow, that doesn't mean gamers will have to wait to see what Assassin's Creed Odyssey will look like. A batch of screenshots (found on German gaming site GamePro) have surfaced of the open-world action game that'll be set in ancient Greece. Not only do these screens show off the beautiful new setting, but a bunch of gameplay details can be inferred from them as well.
As per seeming E3 tradition, Assassin's Creed Odyssey was leaked last month and then subsequently confirmed by Ubisoft over social media. This batch of leaked screens is the first good look at the upcoming follow-up to 2017's Assassin's Creed Origins, which was originally announced with just a logo. While it's being unveiled at this year's E3, it's not expected to be out until 2019, as the French publisher previously stated that they were looking to distance themselves from the yearly schedule the stealth franchise was previously on.
The early screenshots (via Gematsu) of Odyssey show that role-playing game elements seen in Origins will once again be a large part of gameplay. The user interface shows the character's different stats ranging from health to armor, and there's a large tech tree of abilities to unlock. One such skill is the Rush Assassination, which has the player launching the legendary Spear of Leonidas (the Spartan King famously portrayed in 300) at distant enemies. It also shows that the ability to use eagles to scout locations and oceanic travel via ships will return.
Origins was widely seen as a major return to form for the series, and managed to freshen up the Assassin's Creed formula. These new screenshots show that Ubisoft are looking to build upon that foundation they previously set, and it looks quite impressive so far. Some of the quests that can be seen in the screens show the player destroying Athenian war supplies, infiltrating enemy camps, and traveling to various islands in search of treasure chests.
One of the complaints levied at Assassin's Creed Origins was the lack of traditional assassination missions that made the series famous in the first place, and while it remains to be seen if they'll appear in bulk, there are certainly plenty of ancient Greek figureheads in history. These screens should get any history buffs excited to see what Ubisoft will do within the world, and hopefully they'll do another museum-style DLC like they did for Origins, as the setting, - especially the Delos islands - looks gorgeous.