Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Level Scaling Options And More Updates Coming In January

A cow mount, new enemy level-scaling, additional gear, and lots more.

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There will be no new mainline Assassin's Creed game coming out in 2019, and as such, Ubisoft is supporting Assassin's Creed Odyssey with heaps of extra content to keep players busy and coming back. Now, Ubisoft has revealed what's coming to the game in January--and it's a lot.

Among other things, Ubisoft will address enemy level scaling. With the new title update on January 10, players can select an enemy-scaling system that suits their playstyle. The options (which aren't available when in Nightmare difficulty mode) include:

  • Heavy – All enemies remain at your level.
  • Normal – No change in the difficulty settings.
  • Light – Content is around two levels below your level.
  • Very Light – Content is around four levels below your level.

Additionally, the second episode of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC, Shadow Heritage, will launch on January 15. In this new expansion, players will "investigate a blockade initiated by the Order of the Ancients around the port city in Achaia."

The description goes on: "You'll discover a group of stranded citizens whose lives are being threatened by a fierce naval commander, the Tempest, who is in charge of the blockade. Steal the Tempest's top secret weapon, help the citizens escape, and destroy the blockade once and for all...with your ship! An epic maritime battle awaits you at the Aegean Sea."

To play Shadow Heritage, you need to finish the first episode, Hunted, complete the Naxos questline from chapter 7 of the main story, and hit level 28 or higher.

The Legacy of the First Blade DLC is paid, but Odyssey's Lost Tales of Greece DLC is free, and it continues in January with the Daughters of Lalaia expansion. In the Daughters of Lalai content, you'll travel to a village left defenseless after all the men left for battle. Players will train the townspeople to prepare them for "incoming danger."

The other new Lost Tales of Greece content is called Poet's Legacy, and it introduces players to Greece's "most scandalous poet."

"During this questline you'll learn that she isn't quite what she seems as you become increasingly involved in her risqué performances," Ubisoft said.

Additionally, Odyssey is adding a new mythical creature, a cyclops named Bright One. Players who defeat the beast will get his weapon, the Hammer of Hephaistos. You can find the Bright One on Arges; this is a challenging quest, so Ubisoft recommends that you're at least level 50 before facing off.

The new Athena gear
The new Athena gear

Additionally, Ubisoft Club members can bring Aya from Assassin's Creed Origins to their ship in January, while a bunch of new items are coming to the game as well. The Dionysos Character Pack adds a new gear set, a big cow mount, and a "legendary dagger." The Athena Pack is also on the way, and it adds some snazzy new gear; you can see it in the image embedded above.

In addition to all the new content, Ubisoft said it continues to work on more title updates for Odyssey that add new features. One of these is new Mercenary tiers--two more are coming to the game, and they should be extra challenging. Defeat them and you'll earn "new benefits worthy of a demigod," Ubisoft said. Additionally, a new vendor is coming to Odyssey that will allow players to view and purchase new engravings, upgrade them, and also perform the engravings themselves on gear you already own. The new shop, Hephaistos's Workshop, is located int he Myson Cave in the Malis region.

In other news about Odyssey, the game is nominated for outstanding achievement in writing at the Writers Guild Awards.

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