We recently had a chance to get some hands-on time with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and captured 16 minutes of gameplay for your viewing pleasure.
The demo, which you can watch below, shows off more of the upcoming title, giving a closer look of just how heavily the developer is leaning into RPG mechanics this time around. We join our hero Kassandra as she takes on a quest to rescue a woman from the clutches of a dangerous creature called the Writhing Dead.
Of course this being Assassin’s Creed and all, an ambush occurs, leading Kassandra to fend off a group of high-level attackers. This is where the newly refined combat systems come into play, with Kassandra quickly switching between bow and dual-wielding short swords.
One of the most notable parts of the demo is the sailing segment. Naval combat was reserved for side stories in Assassin’s Creed Origins, so it is refreshing to see it fill a larger role this time around. Sea shanties are sung, dolphins stream alongside the ship, and crew members call out an approaching storm.
The gameplay was captured at 4K, and it definitely shows, with the lush forests and choppy seas both being real highlights. There’s notable improvements in facial animations too, something which the series has been criticized for in the past. After one of the combat sections we get a look at the Inventory menu. It seems the points-based armor rating system from Assassin’s Creed Origins is making a return, with damage split between three different classes: Assassin, Warrior and Hunter.
You can read our most recent impressions for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey here, in which we were impressed by how the game seems to be having more fun with the fantasy side of thing. You can also read our thoughts on the “aggressive, 300 Spartans style” combat. For everything else we know about the game so far, head over to our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Guide.