Ubisoft has been generous with details about Assassin's Creed Odyssey since its reveal at E3 2018, releasing screenshots, trailers, and gameplay showing off the new dialogue and RPG elements. Now, more details have been released via a Reddit AMA with Johnathan Dumont, the game's Creative Director, including which character will be canon within the franchise's lore.
When asked if there would be a definitive, canon story, Dumont confirmed that Kassandra would, in fact, be the canon option, stating, "Yes there will be a canon represented in the novel. It features Kassandra and her journey." Dumont went on to acknowledge that despite Kassandra's storyline being canon, players will still have full control over their path and that "there is no right or wrong way" to play the game.
It's rare for an Assassin's Creed game to feature a female in a lead role, with Assassin's Creed Syndicate being the only main entry in the franchise to feature a playable female protagonist. By making Kassandra the canon option, Ubisoft is contributing to an increasingly diverse and inclusive market of gamers, making this an important addition to the traditionally male-dominated medium.
While the push to diversify games is a good thing, it hasn't stopped a vocal minority of the gaming community from complaining, accusing many large gaming companies of "pandering." Battlefield V, in particular, has seen blowback from certain members of its audience for the game's inclusion of female soldiers in the World War 2 setting. However, if this year's E3 is any indication, games are only going to get increasingly diverse despite this negative feedback, with many games featuring female protagonists throughout various press conferences.
Regardless of which character is canon, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is going to shake up the formula longtime fans are used to even more than the last entry, Origins, did. With dialogue options, romances, and multi-piece gear sets, Odyssey is striving to be the most ambitious entry the franchise has ever seen. Only time will tell if Ubisoft will be able to pull it off, but with any luck, players will be able to lose themselves in a fully fleshed out adventure through Ancient Greece.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey will release on October 5, 2018, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.