Ubisoft have rolled out a new trailer for the next instalment in the Assassin's Creed franchise and the video focuses on in-game choices that players will have to make once they dig into Kassandra and Alexios' Creed in October 2018.
Ubisoft are hinting at the fact that Assassin's Creed: Odyssey will feature plenty of moral ambiguity, where player choices may not always be as straightforward as they would have liked. Somewhere around the 30 second mark, you'll find Kassandra deciding what to do with a family begging for their life, which is the sort of thing you'll be seeing in Odyssey.
Ubisoft's Quebec studio, which is the actual developer, already stated that the choices will impact the story and the world around you. It's unlikely to be a huge difference but your choice in romantic relationships and even side quests will impact the story to some extent.
One choice however is definitely off the table though and I'm talking about peace. There will be no singing of Kumbaya once Assassin's Creed: Odyssey launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 05 October 2018, because the new instalment in the hit franchise is all about skilful combat.
Unlike its predecessor, Odyssey has effectively disabled turtling by having Kassandra and Alexios not carry shields. This forces you to either skilfully time your parries or roll around until you strike lucky. It's already been hailed as a welcome improvement by those who craved a more challenging combat system.
As you're probably aware by now, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey takes place in ancient Greece and puts you smack dab in the middle of bloody conflict between Sparta and Athens. You'll be waging war against your respective opponents in large and small battles alike, both on the land and on the sea.
Going by overwhelmingly positive responses from Gamescom 2018, Ubisoft have done a great job. Being a sceptical sod, I'll reserve my final judgement for when I've had my mitts on the game. That being said - Assassin's Creed: Odyssey already seems like a more enticing prospect than most of its predecessors.