Assassin's Creed Odyssey Will Alter the Controversial DLC Ending

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Will Alter the Controversial DLC Ending

After a serious backlash, Ubisoft will alter parts of the DLC to better reflect player choice.

Ubisoft has announced that it will be making some changes to the controversial Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC. The news comes after a week of backlash from players who claimed the original ending negated the free choices players made during their playthrough.

Spoiler warning for the end of Assassin's Creedy Odyssey Shadow Heritage DLC. Proceed at your own risk.

The ending for the most recent Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC caused a serious backlash after it ended with either Alexios or Kassandra in a relationship with another character that resulted in them having a child together. This ending is unavoidable and happens even if the player rebuffs the romance options that appear throughout the DLC.

After a week of backlash from players, Ubisoft apologized for the ending, explaining that the outcome was supposed to convey Alexios or Kassandra accepting that their lineage is more important than their romantic preferences. The DLC revealed that Alexios and Kassandra were born from a duty to continue a magical bloodline, and that they too had a duty to do the same. Ubisoft says it will alter the ending to better convey this plot point and keep the relationship strictly non-romantic if players choose.

Furthermore, a Ubisoft community manager posted in the official Assassin's Creed forums that the developers are making sure the next DLC episode in the trilogy ensures "the paths that players experience mirror the choices they make in game." The full statement can be read here.

This ending rubbed a lot of players the wrong way as the ending disregarded any previous romantic choices the player may have made in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. So even if a player's Alexios or Kassandra spent the whole game as gay, straight, or celibate, they'd be forced to give that up and have a child with a new character that players might not care for.

LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD tweeted in support of the changes calling it "an important first step toward mitigating the damage done by the game's latest DLC." GLAAD recently announced the nominees for its first ever video game category for its annual Media Awards and included Assassin's Creed Odyssey. But the organization also posted a lengthy blog post criticizing the damage done by the DLC, but recognizing the same-sex relationships in the base story mode, a first for the Assassin's Creed series.

Our own take on Assassin's Creed Odyssey's romance was that it was a refreshing change of pace for Ubisoft. At the time we praised its free-form take on romance, but that was before the DLC was released. You can check out our Assassin's Creed Odyssey romance guide to see how to navigate Odyssey's many relationships.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Tips and Tricks, Beginner’s Guide, Controls Layout

In this Assassin's Creed Odyssey guide, we'll be walking you through ship combat, recruiting new crew members, the full controls layout, Exploration versus Guided mode, and more.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Armor - How to Get the Best Armor

Here's our full guide on getting elite Legendary armor sets in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, including the Spartan War Hero, Master Artemis, and other sets.

The Wii U And 3DS Both Have The Same Number Of Upcoming Games... One

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Expands on Its RPG Roots With Story Creator Mode

Now you can make your own stories for Kassandra and Alexios.

When and Where To Watch the First Google Stadia Connect Stream

The info might have leaked, but see it all live anyways.

More News

This Weekend's Tetris World Championships Showed Why Classic Tetris is Thriving

As the NES Tetris community grows, newcomers and hyper-tapping players are rising to the top.

Pokemon Go is Finally Getting Online Matchmaking in 2020

You'll still have to walk to go online though.

Interview: We Ask Atari's CEO About Lingering Questions Surrounding Its Retro Linux Box

The VCS is more like an "open PC," but recent controversies and delays paint a grim picture. We ask Atari's head where it's headed.

You Can Try Steam's Online "Local Multiplayer" For Yourself Now. Here's How

Steam Beta participants can now hop into local multiplayer-only games via the internet.

More on PC

The Outer Worlds Review: To Boldly Go Where Mega-Corps Have Gone Before

Seek out new life and new civilizations, and then steal stuff from them.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen: Please Stop Putting Big Spiders In Video Games

I'm tired of it, and I don't have a good reason for it!

Interview: We Ask Atari's CEO About Lingering Questions Surrounding Its Retro Linux Box

The VCS is more like an "open PC," but recent controversies and delays paint a grim picture. We ask Atari's head where it's headed.

You Can Try Steam's Online "Local Multiplayer" For Yourself Now. Here's How

Steam Beta participants can now hop into local multiplayer-only games via the internet.

Join USgamer For Its First Ever 24-Hour Extra Life Charity Marathon

Grab some Red Bull and raise some money for a good cause!

A Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer is the Latest Pro Gamer to Voice Support for Hong Kong on an Official Stream

"It feels so good play as a free man," said Lee Shi Tian at Mythic Championship V this past weekend.

Monster of the Week: How Amnesia: The Dark Descent's Water Lurker Became the Scariest Nautical Nightmare Since Jaws

Co-designer Thomas Grip on sculpting Amnesia's scariest monster, which happens to also be the only one you never see.

More Action Adventure Games

Starting Screen | Starting Screen: Please Stop Putting Big Spiders In Video Games

I'm tired of it, and I don't have a good reason for it!

Okami Sequel Teased By Noted Twitter Troll Hideki Kamiya

I mean, it'd be nice if it were true.

Luigi's Mansion 3 References One of the Best Horror Films of All Time

Crazy things can happen when your back is turned.