The Fate of Atlantis - Episode 1: Fields of Elysium arrives today for Assassin's Creed Odyssey players. The DLC heads into a simulated Greek afterlife that has been created by Aletheia and can be accessed through a fast-travel portal. If you haven't had a chance to try out the DLC for yourself, Ubisoft Quebec has outlined exactly what players can expect to find, including the area, its enemies, the tactics you'll need to employ, and perhaps most importantly, the new ability enhancements you'll find within the DLC's first episode.
Despite being a simulation, the area of Elysium is still fairly large. Players are encouraged to freeroam and find the opportunities to unlock new gear and skill points, such as smashable Marble Maiden Tributes statues, as well as the outposts that can be raided. The majority of the outposts are "massive, labyrinthine complexes filled with treasure". Three are led by Atalanta, Iphigenia, and Aegea, who will be worthy opponents. Regardless, all outposts have a new objective known as the Torches of Hypnos, mind-control beacons that need to be destroyed with arrows.
Missions can be taken from Persephone, Hermes, and Hekate, as well as mortals who may or may not be alive. Whether you gain their favour, betrayal, or wrath is up to you. Along the way, you'll take on the mind-controlled human soldiers with special abilities like force waves and spearlike energy weapons. If players can knock out the soldiers with their fists and liberate them with a powerful artifact, the freed soldiers will automatically join the rebel cause instead. There's also the Kolossi, bronze statues with spears, will also come to life if you create too much of a ruckus when close by. They can absorb a lot of damage and, despite being statues, they're quick.
To take down all of these new enemies, you'll need to unlock some of the advanced First Civilization powers. Players will find these in the form of four secret tablets known as the Keeper's Insights. The four Ability Enhancements players can unlock in "Episode 1: Fields of Elysium" are:
- Ares Madness: Replacing Battlecry of Ares, Ares Madness lets you conjure a glowing, unbroken version of the Spear of Leonidas for 10 seconds, during which you'll deal 35% Assassin damage and be immune to death.
- Might of Artemis: This enhancement modifies Rain of Destruction, turning it into a super attack that surrounds you with a rain of arrows that dish out 450% Hunter damage and stun enemies for five seconds.
- Kronos Time Warp: This enhancement to Slow Time shortens the base window of slowed time from 10 seconds to five, but you can extend it by 2.5 seconds by successfully landing headshots. Each of those headshots deals 125% Hunter damage, and you can score up to five before the Ability wears off, meaning a skilled archer can slow time for up to 17.5 seconds.
- Ares Bull Charge: Instead of sending you barreling into your enemies, this upgraded version of Bull Charge summons a phantom bull to do it for you, knocking them down and dealing 400% Warrior damage.
To get to this episode, players need to complete the mythological main game story arc, Between Two Worlds, and the Lost Tales of Greece questline Heir of Memories. Once this is done, they'll be able to begin "The Fate of Atlantis - Episode 1: Fields of Elysium" and earn the episode's achievements. If players want to try out the DLC without completing those requirements, the game will create a temporary save file with a preset level 52 character with specific abilities and resources. However, using this temporary save file will prevent players from unlocking achievements.
"The Fate of Atlantis - Episode 1: Fields of Elysium" is available now.
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