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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the fastest selling game in the series this generation, says Ubisoft

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I liked Assassin’s Creed Odyssey a lot, even though there’s very little Assassin’s Creed to it. It’d becoming more and more of an RPG, which has many fans wondering if it would be better that the series splits off into two. I’m completely happy with the direction the series is going, and the more fantastical fun injected into the game (along with the historical setting), the better. Consumers, it seems, agree.

According to Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has the highest first-week sales of any Assassins Creed game this generation – even outselling Black Flag and Origins in their respective first weeks of availability. Interestingly, Origins sold twice as many copies as Syndicate (the last “traditional” AC game) did in the same period. Odyssey has bested that.

“We are incredibly proud of what the team accomplished with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and humbled by the amazing reception from critics and players,” said Geoffroy Sardin, Ubisoft’s SVP of sales and marketing. “Based on the quality of the game and the very encouraging reactions from players, we expect Odyssey to be one of the top performing Assassin’s Creed games of all-time.”

The press release does include retail and digital sales, as well as “player recurring investment in value,” which is fancy talk for microtransactions. That’s a bit of a contentious issue, as a few have taken to the internet to decry Odyssey’s microtransactions, saying that players need to buy XP boosts to make their way through the game.

Having completed the game, I can confidently say that no such boosts are necessary. There is a bit of level gating with some of the main story quests, but there’s more than enough content to play through to level up without it feeling like a grind, or paying for XP boosts. The game’s microtransactions are the sort that you can easily and completely ignore.

Anyway, this likely does mean you can expect Ubisoft to lean even further into the RPG stuff in future games.

Last Updated: October 11, 2018


  1. For the Emperor!

    October 11, 2018 at 14:10

    “this likely does mean you can expect Ubisoft to lean even further into the RPG stuff in future games” – YAY! Still stuck on Unity, and will not buy this yet because I expect to win it from you guys…and I will need a new TV…


  2. Admiral Chief

    October 11, 2018 at 14:17

    Problem is, the “Assassin’s Creed” name sells.


    • Original Heretic

      October 11, 2018 at 14:18

      Why is that a “problem”?


      • Admiral Chief

        October 11, 2018 at 16:19

        “which has many fans wondering if it would be better that the series splits off into two.”


        • Original Heretic

          October 11, 2018 at 16:22

          Still not seeing a problem.

          There’s always going to be some idiot bemoaning the changes that occur with time. The nearly unanimous consensus is that all the changes are for the better.


          • Pariah

            October 11, 2018 at 16:26

            I saw one moron argue with a streamer the other night about exactly that. 800 viewers, and only 1 person didn’t like that it wasn’t an exact replica of the older AC games. The streamer was saying pretty much what Geoff said – may not be like a traditional AC game, but the way they’ve gone has made the game so much better than it ever could be if they’d just kept it the same. Releasing the same thing over and over again is the death of a franchise. Except Pokemon, that shit never dies.

          • Geoffrey Tim

            October 11, 2018 at 16:28

            AC was becoming terribly stale. The modern stuff was going nowhere, and the game had become one with a map overstuffed with Things to do(tm) that went any fun. The change was necessary, and it’s worked out.

          • Matthew Holliday

            October 11, 2018 at 16:55

            The modern stuff COULD have gone somewhere, IF they actually did anything with it.
            But they didnt, the actual story was irrelevant to the game and the current day stuff was just tacked on to justify the change in settings in the animus from game to game.

            Thats my biggest gripe with AC, the stuff in the animus was all okay, but the real story never progressed, I was always waiting to get into a modern day assassin stealth suit and run through new york brutalizing Templar agents and security.
            But instead, they killed it off entirely, giving us hints and glimpses within enclosed spaces with characters who only had a taste of the real abilities they could have.

            The open ancient worlds and the stories inside the animus were all okay, some better than others, but the overarching story that connects each game, is just so damn weak. When it has so much potential.
            And here we are, 10 games in, still waiting.

          • Geoffrey Tim

            October 11, 2018 at 17:42

            Yup, i was waiting for that, but it never happened. Honestly, i think they should tie modern AC to Watch dogs, and progress from there combining the two. AC can just be fun historical playground stuff.

          • Original Heretic

            October 11, 2018 at 16:29

            The initial AC games seemed like a super version of Prince of Persia.

            Personally, I love how they have evolved. After getting to AC3 and finding the SAME mechanics, only slightly altered, I got so bored.

          • Geoffrey Tim

            October 11, 2018 at 16:30

            AC3 was a mistake. God, I did not like that game much at all. The opening moments were brilliant. We had a nice, likeable protagonist, doing exciting things. And then there was a switcheroo and it became a yawnfest.

          • Original Heretic

            October 11, 2018 at 16:33

            I didn’t even GET to the parts with the main protagonist. I played for less than an hour and it felt like I was playing a game I’d already played to death 4 times before (AC1, 2, Brother and Revelations).

          • Admiral Chief

            October 11, 2018 at 16:37

            Hence, my point.

            I think its brilliant what they are doing now, BUT, its not an “AC” game (story, setting, etc), which is not a bad thing. But the name is there to keep people hooked with something they know or am familiar with

            Start a ‘new’ franchise, drop the “AC” name, but then again, you’d get asshats that then will say “ja but this is an “AC” clone

          • Pariah

            October 11, 2018 at 16:39

            The thing is they already have the established lore, the Animus, the over-arching modern world story that you’re travelling into your ancestor’s memories through DNA. Starting a new franchise you’d have to drop that and then you’re just making a standalone historical game that has no context, really. It would be weaker for it.

          • Admiral Chief

            October 11, 2018 at 16:41

            OR, build a new one?

            Still, you have two, equally great (and risky) options

          • Admiral Chief

            October 11, 2018 at 16:42

            Also, Odyssey is more mythology than history, correct?

          • Pariah

            October 11, 2018 at 16:44

            No, it’s largely based on ancient Greece. There is mythology and obviously the whole fantasy element present, but it’s still a fairly good recreation of that time period. The cities, some of the key npcs, etc. are all based on actual ancient Greece. The only real “mythology” element that’s pervasive is that the enemy faction is based on the Hydra and its many heads.

          • Admiral Chief

            October 11, 2018 at 16:45

            Well then, build off the AC setting of course yes. Makes sense

          • Geoffrey Tim

            October 11, 2018 at 17:40

            no, there’s far more history than myth.

          • Deon Du Plessis

            October 11, 2018 at 16:52

            I really like the fact that AC isn’t really AC anymore. Ubi’s new approach is more “Here’s a world to explore and live in that you can also incidentally assassinate people in if you want to”.

            It started with Black Flag – for me, that was a pirate game with the occasional assassination, and it worked. Very happy to see Ubi explore and expand on that idea.

          • Admiral Chief

            October 12, 2018 at 10:03

            I’m all for that honestly

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      October 11, 2018 at 15:09

      I’m still waiting for the Assassin Creed game that makes me feel like an Assassin. Oh wait, I’ve got Hitman


      • Admiral Chief

        October 11, 2018 at 15:47



      • Pariah

        October 11, 2018 at 16:27

        Shots fired…



        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          October 12, 2018 at 10:42

          No. Just used a Garrote 😀


  3. Viper_ZA

    October 11, 2018 at 14:21

    I have still not managed to finish Origins yet, will get this on sale instead.


  4. Mistake Not...

    October 11, 2018 at 14:22

    ‘“player recurring investment in value,” which is fancy talk for microtransactions.’

    Damn, they really know how to put a spin on everything nowadays.


  5. Ghost In The Rift

    October 11, 2018 at 16:40

    Think ill wait till they remove the microtransactions and re-balance the game maybe….is the grind heavy without XP boosters to those who play?


    • Pariah

      October 12, 2018 at 06:43

      There’s no grind, that’s the point. XP boosters are not needed in any way shape or form, unless you literally skip all the side quests and optional stuff and only rush through the main storyline. Which, if you do that, you choose to miss out on a lot of the great things about this game. Side quests are as enjoyable as main quests. There’s no reason to skip them.

      You can quite safely ignore any and all microtransactions and you won’t feel like you’re missing on anything.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 12, 2018 at 07:26

      You can completely ignore the MT and boosters. They’re not necessary, and the YouTube side of gaming media has blown that shit completely out of proportion. It’s literally no different to how it was in Origins.


  6. G8crasha

    October 16, 2018 at 11:51

    I still wish something could be released in any medium that connects all the dots in the series so far. There have been so many games across so many platforms, with so many characters, and so many story offshoots that I have no idea what the game is about aside from killing people with a hidden blade!


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