Ubisoft have confirmed their upcoming game Assassin's Creed Odyssey with a clip of a warrior kicking an enemy off a cliff, Sparta-style. News of the title broke earlier today when a piece of merchandising - a keychain in the shape of a Corinthian helmet - was discovered, revealing that it would be set in ancient Greece, and indicating that it would be connected to last year's release, Assassin's Creed Origins, which was set in ancient Egypt.
Since the release of the first game in 2007, the Assassin's Creed franchise has hopped all over the globe and all over history - from the Middle East during the Crusades to Renaissance Italy, the American Revolution, Victorian London and many other times and locations. A movie based on the games and starring Michael Fassbender was also released in 2016, though there are no current plans for a sequel.
After realizing that the secret was out, Ubisoft was quick to confirm Assassin's Creed Odyssey on social media with a brief clip of a Greek warrior taking down an enemy in the coolest way possible. The video also included a first look at the game's official logo, which has the Corinthian helmet at the center of the Assassin symbol, and is captioned "see you at E3." That last part isn't too much of a surprise, since we learned several weeks ago that Ubisoft would be bringing a new Assassin's Creed title to E3 2018 (which takes place June 12-14).
The title is a nod to Homer's The Odyssey, one of the most famous ancient Greek epic poems, and it looks like Odyssey will be set at around the same time as Origins. If it's not a direct continuation with Origins' protagonist, Bayek, returning, then there's a good chance that Bayek will at least make an appearance. Origins is set in the Ptolemaic era, when Egypt was under Greek rule, and the Greeks mainly appear as antagonists in that game.
The Assassin's Creed franchise has had some weaker entries, partly as a result of the push to release a new game every year, but Origins was praised by fans and critics alike as a return to form - no doubt thanks to the fact that it had an extra year in development. There's no release date set for Odyssey at the moment, but hopefully Ubisoft will give it the development time it deserves, and won't try to rush it out in 2018. We're definitely looking forward to finding out more about Assassin's Creed Odyssey in just a couple of weeks.