Assassin’s Creed fans are in for a treat, Ubisoft have announced their Assassin’s Creed Odyssey post launch plans and they are pretty comprehensive. Including a season pass featuring two major updates as well as the remaster of Assassin’s Creed III which is due to launch next year. There is also numerous free content that will become available for all, which includes Lost Tales of Greece as well as daily and weekly in game events.
Ubisoft say that their post launch plan is their most ambitious so far in the series, giving players more content than ever before. Players can hop into the new content as it launches or wait until all episodes are available and experience the adventures in their entirety. Clearly Ubisoft are hoping that the latest outing will keep gamers enthralled for months to come.
The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Season pass includes the following:
- Story Arc 1 – Legacy of the First Blade: This episodic adventure will introduce players to the first hero to wield the iconic hidden blade, changing the course of history. The first release is due in December 2018 with additional episodes expected to be released about six weeks apart.
- Story Arc II – The Fate of Atlantis: In the second story arc, players will confront godly creatures and uncover the secrets of the legendary sunken city. Coming spring 2019, episodes will be released approximately six weeks apart.
- Assassin’s Creed III Remastered: Ignite the American Revolution as Connor, the master assassin, born amidst the beauty and the brutality of 18th century America. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered will be released in March 2019
Season pass owners receive all the story updates plus remastered Assassin’s Creed III, but players that decide to wait won’t be left out as everyone will have access to the following enhancements:
- The Lost Tales of Greece: Free episodic questlines will release regularly in-between episodes, providing a constant flow of new stories for players to discover.
- Recurring In-Game Events: Each week a new epic ship or mercenary will appear, presenting players with challenging battles as they hunt down these powerful enemies.
- Discovery Tour: The educational tool that lets anyone explore the game in a conflict-free environment, will be available for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Players can traverse the entire interactive 3D recreation of Ancient Greece, free of conflict and time pressure.
The post launch strategy is very common these days especially given a packed market. With so many AAA titles on the horizon studios are doing all they can to ensure theirs doesn’t end up on the pile of shame. It is an interesting strategy especially with titles that are basically annual releases such as Assassin’s Creed. Games like GTA V have taught us that to get serious sales and revenue it needs a slow burn over time but each developer to their own.
A strong post launch campaign will ensure buyers get their monies worth for sure, but with a packed end of year schedule, are gamers really going to spend 6+ months playing Assassin’s Creed?