Ubisoft uploaded “Ancient Greece”, the latest episode in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey‘s
“Behind the Odyssey” web-series. This week’s episode, the developers opened up about the “historically rich setting of Ancient Greece” and the relationship between the world and player.
Set in 431 BC, developers has the game set in the middle of the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens who were the superpowers at the time. Peloponnesian War took place in the 5th century, a crucial moment in history for civilizations, marked by Ancient Greek historian Thucydides.
For an Assassin’s Creed game, this time period was deemed perfect because of conflict between of democracy and the tyranny and oligarchy, tradition and modernity, and religion and science.
Recreating Ancient Greece proved to be a challenge for the developers. Some cities lost most to all specific data. Mykonos was one of the cities that has no data remaining.
Developers noted the Greeks used “chaos” to build their cities because there was no urban planning like today’s societies have. The developers embraced the same chaos as the Greek when they were recreating the cities.
Mythology was important in Ancient Greece. It tied in every part of their lives: “their society, heir social behavior, their belief, their religious traditions”. Mythology was seen in the intricate details of their temples, and at the time, it was used as a political propaganda.
To bring historical characters to the game such as philosophers and heroes of Ancient Greeks, myths, and legends, developers have to look at historical documents, legends, myths, stories, what they represent, and the people they associate with.
For Socrates, the developers were fortunate to rely on Plato’s accounts. They were able to learn a lot from it about who Socrates was and how he annoyed people with his questions.
“Behind the Odyssey” is a web-series where Ubisoft developers shared features and elements fans will see in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. “Ancient Greece” is the fourth episode. Previous, Ubisoft has released videos on Naval & Exploration, Combat Customization, and RPG Mechanics. Also, Ubisoft has released a trailer featuring Ancient Athens.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is launching worldwide on October 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.