History is my favorite part of Assassin's Creed . Years ago I read all the historical database entries, obtaining the context of historical figures and landmarks in Florence, Rome, colonial Boston and more. And I spent hours in the Assassin Discovery Tour's Creed: Origins at the start of this year, admiring Ubisoft's detail in recreating Ptolemaic Egypt from sources both primary and secondary.
Assassin's Creed of this year : Odyssey ($ 60 on Humble) is set to receive a Discovery Tour mode at some point in the future, and I do not see l & # 39; now. The ancient Greece is one of my favorites. But it turns out that there is already quite a bit of history already in Odyssey- but you have to know where to look.
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In our September preview event, I even asked one of Ubisoft's developers about the aforementioned goat farm. "Is there any lore attached to it or something?" And he swore that there was, but after looking a little at the menus he admitted that "Maybe it's just there for the sake or something."
And this is why I am writing this article, because it took me about 25 or 30 hours to understand that yes there is a tradition attached to those historical positions. It is only hidden in a place so impractical that it could never be noticed – and it is a pity, because it adds a lot to what would otherwise be a simple condiment.
First, pull up the map. Probably looks like this:
I'm focusing on Kephallonia because it's at the start of the game, but it does not matter. You will see that it is covered by icons: fortresses to conquer, points of synchronization, caves to explore and so on. These are the terms Odyssey "Gameplay icons" and you'll notice in the lower right corner there's a button prompt to hide them, yes?
Except he does not jump straight to hide them. Press the Tab key once (or the left trigger on a controller) and it will first change to show you only "Incomplete positions". Good. Hit Tab again and will go to "Historical positions".
Oh, this is interesting. Yes, it is here that Ubisoft has hidden all the historical information about ancient Greece. Every single "Eye" icon on the map indicates another sequence. They are not normally displayed on the map, nor is there any indication that this feature is present. But it does, and it's fantastic!
Remember that goat farm on Ithaca? It turns out that it is much more than a goat farm. Hover over the mouse and you will see the following: "Melanthios, the captain of Odysseus, has mistaken him for a beggar on his return and has struck him.Of course his master had died in Troy, he betrayed him to impress the suitors of Penelope. "Courtesy of Homer Odyssey now an insignificant set has a certain flavor.
Blurbs are rarely extended, certainly not as long or as detailed as the database entries in previous games Assassin & # 39; s Creed . But there are a surprising number and provide information on religious rites, sporting events, monuments, monuments, buildings of note, mythology and more. For example, Perikles' Odeon "was modeled on the Persian king's tent" and "was the largest building in Athens and the first theater to receive a roof."
Also explains some of the artistic licenses that Ubisoft has taken. For example, in the Forest of Pholos you will find a series of statues of centaurs in various poses. It is a good idea to come across the context of sans, but look at the Historical Positions tab and you will find inspiration:
"Herakles met the centaur Pholos while he was chasing the boar Erymanthian, when Pho has opened a can of wine, other armed centaurs have arrived, and Heracles has fought them, killing all-inc lu dolo Pholos. "
Thus, centaur statues-to marriage between myth and history that Assassin's Creed: Odyssey loves to explore but does not explicitly recall in the game.
The huge statue of Zeus in Kefalonia is another example. It is not a reconstruction of a real statue (to my knowledge), but as the accompanying voice of the historical position explains: "The lightning Zeus is depicted as such to reflect the geophysical phenomena of Mount Ainos, known for its spectacular thunderstorms." Like the centaurs, it's fantastic graphics and Ubisoft has used a lot in marketing. It takes on a deeper meaning even if you realize why that mountain, why Zeus, why this larger representation of life.
And for some reason why Ubisoft hides that meaning of multiple menus in depth.
I do not know why the developers made this decision, although the map is certainly quite cluttered without these historical locations. Maybe that's the problem. Too bad you can interpret the whole Assassin's Creed: Odyssey ($ 60 on Humble) without stumbling on this other level. Inside there are many interesting historical information and many pseudo-historical information on Ancient Greece of Odyssey which explains how and why it differs from the ancient strictly historical Greece
I hope that Odyssey's Discovery Tour has more to say about these topics, but for now it's worth looking at this semi-secret map level. You never know what you could learn.