Assassin’s Creed Odyssey already borrowed some mythical beasts and other iconography for the main campaign, but it’s preparing to double down with much more with the release of its second major story expansion. The Fate of Atlantis DLC will come in three parts, and the first one is set to drop on April 23. The second and third episodes, called Torment of Hades and Judgement of Atlantis respectively, are both due in mid-2019.
This first episode is titled Fields of Elysium, and will take place in the Greek afterlife. You’ll journey to Elysium itself, interact with Greek gods, and battle mythical beasts. The trailer even shows a glimpse of Cerberus. Notably, the advanced beings who have been steering major events in the Assassin’s Creed series have shared names with the Greek gods, so this could shed more light on the larger story running throughout the series. Plus, of course, you can get new pieces of legendary loot.
The Fate of Atlantis will also introduce new Ability enhancements, letting you modify your existing abilities for a more customized playstyle. This first episode will start with Ares Bull Charge, Might of Artemis, Kronos Time Warp, and Ares Madness–all abilities named after the pantheon of gods.
If you’ve already played the main game, you’ll need to have completed the Between New Worlds and the Heir of Memories quest lines, with a character at level 28 or above, to access the DLC. If you’d rather just skip straight to the new story, you can use a shortcut to Fate of Atlantis and start at level 52 with preset Abilities. But if you use that option, you won’t be able to carry your progress to the main game or obtain achievements.
This trilogy of episodes is the second large-scale expansion for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The first one, Legacy of the First Blade, caused some controversy, prompting an apology and some changes from Ubisoft. Alongside Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered and Liberation Remastered, these two episodes compose the full season pass, which is available for $40. The Fate of Atlantis story arc by itself can be purchased for $25.
The expansive post-launch support for Odyssey is part of Ubisoft’s plan to make the series act more like its live games, with long tails and regularly updated events. That means no new Assassin’s Creed is planned for 2019, but the next game reportedly set during the Viking Age is likely aiming for 2020. That one is said to be code-named Assassin’s Creed Kingdom, which may not be the final title.
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Author: Steve Watts