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Assassin's Creed: Odyssey Probably Won't Have Battle Royale Mode

The game's director also confirms you cannot romance Socrates.


Big franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield are jumping on the battle royale bandwagon this year, but another big time series, Assassin's Creed, isn't taking a stab at it just yet. Game director Scott Phillips was asked by Game Informer if there have been any meetings about putting a battle royale mode in Odyssey, and he responded by saying no, there haven't been.

That's all he had to say on the subject (this was part of Game Informer's rapid-fire interview video series), but Phillips did go on to say that Odyssey won't have multiplayer at all. Head-to-head multiplayer was introduced to Assassin's Creed with 2010's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, but later games in the series moved away from this. For Odyssey, Phillips said he wanted the development team united to make the best possible game (he also said in the interview that a total of eight studios are working on Odyssey).

"Splitting that focus for our team and the amount of time we had to make the game was, for me, not the right call," Phillips said about Odyssey not having multiplayer. "Delivering this giant open-world RPG is the way to do it and I think that's what Assassin's Creed should be."

Odyssey will be a "full RPG" that's focused on player choice and agency, Phillips said. He also said in the video that Odyssey has a bigger map than last year's Assassin's Creed: Origins, and that it is a "much longer" game. Here are some other takeaways from the interview:

  • You can pet any tamed animals, including lions and bears.
  • You can't pet random dogs walking around
  • Will it come to Switch? Phillips wouldn't say.
  • The photo mode will probably be available at launch.
  • You can have a dozen romantic partners, and you can romance them all at once.
  • But you can't romance Socrates.
  • Will there be a Discovery Mode? "We'll see."
  • There will be "lots" of post-release content.

Odyssey launches on October 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game takes place in Ancient Greece, and you can choose to play as a man or a woman.

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