Assassin's Creed Odyssey was due to launch its first live event this week, setting players forth across Ancient Greece in search of limited-time japes. However, thanks to unspecified technical issues, Ubisoft has been forced to admit defeat and cancel the whole thing.
Last week, Ubisoft announced that Odyssey's live events - an opportunity "to face challenging battles and earn Epic and Legendary rewards" - would alternate between Epic Mercenary and Epic Ship contracts. Things would get underway, it said, on October 16th.
All seemed golden when players logged into Odyssey yesterday, with in-game notifications announcing the arrival of Damais the Indifferent as Epic Mercenary target number one. Unfortunately, despite players' best efforts to find him, Damais was nowhere to be seen.
On Monday, UK physical console sales of Assassin's Creed Odyssey were revealed to be down 25 per cent on last year's Origins. While we said at the time there were likely other factors in play, it didn't look great for Ubisoft's well-received new release.
A few days later, and Odyssey's worldwide launch week sales are now in. Crucially, these include both physical and digital download copies sold.
The good news for Ubisoft? Odyssey is now tracking above Origins - and indeed also above Assassin's Creed Unity and Syndicate. Odyssey, Ubisoft says, has had "the franchise's best launch-week performance of this console generation".
Ancient Greece-set Assassin's Creed Odyssey has received a warm reception from fans and critics, although its launch sales are slower out of the gate compared to last year's Origins.
Odyssey arrived second in this week's top 40 chart, behind FIFA 19, but with 25 per cent fewer physical sales than last year's AC entry (thanks for the comparison, GI.biz).
But it's not too much of a worry for Ubisoft. The rise in digital sales will cover a bit of that (UK numbers company Chart-Track doesn't count these) - and Odyssey feels like a game many would choose to own digitally because it's built to be played for months.
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Word has it that Assassin's Creed Odyssey is shaping up to be a bit good. But if its speculated 100+ hour playtime somehow isn't quite enough Assassin's Creed for you to be getting on with, there's some extra good news: Ubisoft has outlined its post-launch DLC plans for Odyssey.
Ubisoft's post-release DLC will take two forms: there is, as you probably already guessed, a Season Pass in the works, and that'll be joined by free content for all users.
Free stuff first, Odyssey is set to receive a constant flow of new story content, in-game events, and other assorted additions. The Lost Tales of Greece, for instance, is a series of regular episodic quest lines that will feature "familiar faces and new characters from the world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey". These will be joined by weekly events which introduce a powerful new ship or mercenary to the world for players to hunt down, plus daily and weekly Contracts.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey features two playstyles to choose from: Guided Mode, described as the "more traditional" experience, and Exploration Mode, labelled as "a newer approach".
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Ubisoft's previously-leaked Assassin's Creed Odyssey will launch this 5th October.
Set in Ancient Greece, developed by Assassin's Creed Syndicate's Ubisoft Quebec, the game is now fully RPG. It's set on land and on sea, 400 years before Assassin's Creed Origins, during the Peloponnesian War.
You can play as Alexios, or Kassandra, descendants of Leonidas in a story with branching narrative for the first time.
UPDATE 1.00AM: Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin's Creed Odyssey via a brief teaser clip posted on Twitter, and said it will show more of the game at E3.