It appears that the rumours were true: we’ve had our clearest indication yet that the next Assassin’s Creed game will be set in Ancient Greece. The latest evidence is a photo of what is allegedly some promotional merchandise, which indicates it will be called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
The photo was given to French site JeuxVideo-Live, who say it comes from a reliable insider. It depicts a miniature Corinthian helmet on a keychain, in a blister package with some Assassin’s Creed Odyssey branding. It does look pretty official.
The helmet style, favored by Greek hoplites and mythologized later by the Romans, is an unmistakable symbol of the ancient Greeks, with legendary figures such as Achilles often depicted wearing one. It’s linked to the keyring itself by a string of squares (tiles, perhaps) that bear a distinctively Greek motif.
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This is a pretty plausible direction for Assassin’s Creed after taking us to Egypt’s Greco-Roman era in Assassin’s Creed Origins, and lines up with rumours we heard from around this time last year.
Those rumours suggested that Assassin’s Creed Origins starts a trilogy, with new protagonist Bayek heading to ancient Greece in its middle chapter. The idea of Assassin’s Creed Greece got a little more convincing in March, when comicbook.com claimed to have corroborated those rumours, citing “several sources linked to Ubisoft.”