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.

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