Assassin's Creed Odyssey will include an appearance from one of the two Assassin's Creed Syndicate protagonists, Evie Frye. Odyssey, the next upcoming game in the Assassin's Creed franchise, will go further back in time than ever before. Although the last entry in the franchise was Assassin's Creed Origins and told the story of the beginning of the Assassin's Order, Odyssey will take place hundreds of years prior.
This place in the timeline makes Evie's inclusion particularly confusing. Assassin's Creed Syndicate takes place in late 1860s, placing the game nearly two millennia after Origins, not to mention Odyssey. Defying all logic or sense of time, though, Evie will be a helpful non-playable character in Odyssey - but only if certain conditions are met.
GamesRadar reports that Evie has spotted as one of the unlockable Special Lieutenants for Assassin's Creed Odyssey's naval combat. Odyssey won't have as huge a naval focus as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. However, naval exploration will be a significant portion of the game with a customizable ship, crew and the ability to face off against enemies on the Mediterranean Sea all available. Evie will be one special addition to the game. Adding Evie as the ship's Special Lieutenant will give the player +12 percent fire damage in naval combat and add specific crew and ship designs.
Evie is arguably one of the best leads in the Assassin's Creed franchise and has quite a huge following. Yet the means of unlocking Evie won't be readily available to everyone that buys the game. Odyssey players will be required to join the Ubisoft Club, a free-to-join rewards program, that is included in most of the Assassin's Creed developer's modern games. While the Ubisoft Club does usually contain some microtransactions to receive new weapons and/or cosmetics, it appears that Evie will be free. It's unclear how much Evie will really be featured in the game. It's not even currently known if Evie's original voice actress Victoria Atkins will provide new lines for Odyssey.
Evie won't be the first time that the Assassin's Creed franchise has included a logic-breaking Easter egg. It was possible, also through the Ubisoft Club, to unlock the outfits of previous Assassin's Creed leads in Origins. Origins' main character, Bayek of Siwa, could dress up in the robes of Edward Kenway, Ezio Auditore and Altair, even though Bayek (canonically) predates them all. Evie being included in Odyssey does break the franchise's lore but it's really just a fun nod to the series' past. It's also a fitting nod as Evie was the first female playable assassin (in a non spinoff title) and Odyssey will give players the choice to play as a male or female character.
Of course, it's not as if Evie being in Odyssey is the only element of the game that is slightly confusing. As previously mentioned, Odyssey takes place hundreds of years before the supposed "origins" of the franchise. There doesn't seem to be a way that Odyssey can have an impact on the overarching plot of the world of Assassin's Creed without negating or contradicting huge swatches of Origins. Odyssey does look like an extremely promising game even if it's releasing in a packed holiday season. It may be best not to think of Odyssey's importance or place in the Assassin's Creed timeline and simply enjoy it as a fun adventure, set in the past, with some hallmarks of the Creed series.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is releasing on October 5 for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.