UPDATE: We have received a statement from Ubisoft on the DLC storyline.
"We strive to give players choice whenever possible in Odyssey and apologize to those surprised by the events in this episode. Without spoiling it, you will engage in an important relationship as part of a set story. The motivation behind this relationship is yours to explore in game and will be reflected in your character’s story arc. There is one episode left in Legacy of the First Blade which will tie your character’s actions together," an Ubisoft spokespereson told USgamer.
The latest DLC chapter for Assassin's Creed Odyssey is out today, but the Legacy of the First Blade Part 2's ending reportedly guides players into a choice they might not necessarily want. And some players aren't happy.
Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Assassin's Creed Odyssey's newest DLC ahead.
In the second episode of the Legacy of the First Blade, Kassandra or Alexios (depending on your chosen protagonist) has a child with another character, which unlocks the 'Growing Up' Achievement. What's more, players can't opt out of this choice, disregarding the romantic decisions of players who played their chosen hero as a gay or celibate character.
According to one Reddit post, the player did everything in their power to avoid a romantic ending with the character, but despite their protestation, their character still had a child. In the Reddit thread, the original poster says that they played their character as a lesbian woman and was distraught that Ubisoft would end up forcing the romance in the DLC.
Users in the thread also resurfaced an interview that contrasts the canonical romance in the DLC, spotlighting a comment by Odyssey's narrative director Melissa MacCoubrey in an interview with Entertainment Weekly before Odyssey's release. "We knew that if we were making a game about choice, that philosophy had to permeate throughout the entire experience and not just gameplay," MacCoubrey said at the time.
We've reached out to Ubisoft to see if there's a way to avoid this ending for players who might not want to have a child in-game, but have not heard back in time for this article.
When Assassin's Creed Odyssey came out, we praised the way it handled the non-commital romances, but this DLC throws that into question. We also happen to have an Assassin's Creed Odyssey romance guide, though it might need to be updated in light of the new report.