During Gamescom, Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot revealed there wouldn't be a new Assassin's Creed title in 2019. This was because the publisher intended to support this year's Assassin's Creed Odyssey with plenty of post-launch content. Now we've found out exactly what he meant by that — Ubisoft has unveiled the "largest ever Assassin's Creed Live content plan", which includes story expansions, in-game events, and, most notably, Assassin's Creed III Remastered.
First, there's the inevitable Season Pass. This includes two new story expansions, each of which will be released in three episodes. Players will be able to choose whether they play each episode as it appears, or to wait and experience the story all at once upon the release of the final episode. The first expansion is "Story Arc 1 - Legacy of the First Blade", where players assume the role of the first ever Assassin able to use the hidden blade. Beginning in December 2018, the episodes of this story arc will tell players about the history of the Assassins and why they prefer to attack from the shadows rather than face their enemies head on.
The episodes of both the first and second story expansions will release "approximately six weeks apart". This means the second expansion, "Story Arc II - The Fate of Atlantis" won't begin until spring 2019. Here, players will battle "godly creatures" as they explore the sunken city and expose its secrets. This arc focuses more on Greek mythology and the First Civilization.
The Season Pass also includes Assassin's Creed III Remastered, which will be released in March 2019. This version of the title will feature improved gameplay mechanics and ergonomics, and a new graphics engine with enhancements like higher resolution textures, and 4K and HDR output for Xbox One X owners. Remastered will include all of the DLC released for the last generation version of the title — "The Benedict Arnold Missions", "Hidden Secrets Pack", and "Tyranny of King George" — as well as Assassin's Creed Liberation Remastered. Like previous HD remasters, Assassin's Creed III Remastered will be available as a standalone title for those who don't want to purchase the Season Pass.
As the above trailer shows, there will also be plenty of free content for all players. This includes "The Lost Tales of Greece", an "episodic questline" whose episodes will be released regularly in between the Season Pass story episodes. These episodes will feature familiar characters from the main game as well as some new faces. Then there will be a variety of in-game events, such as the daily Oikos of the Olympians contracts, and epic ships and mercenaries that will appear on a weekly basis and will need taking down.
Discovery Tour will make its return, allowing players to explore Ancient Greece without any time limits, gameplay constraints, or the constant threat of conflict. At some point, the obligatory New Game Plus mode will also make an appearance. Finally, there will be numerous content updates that will introduce new enemies and other gameplay improvements.
If you're still not sure whether this game's for you, check out the latest trailer, which will be making its way to a TV screen near you if it hasn't done so already.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey will be released on October 5th with post launch content set to begin shortly after. The Season Pass will be available separately or as part of the game's Gold, Ultimate, Spartan, or Pantheon Editions.
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