Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey that focuses on naval combat, showcasing a few notable improvements such as a more fast-paced naval combat with improved ship mobility that allows for split-second evasive maneuvers.
As discussed in the trailer, technical lead James Carnahan said improving ship mobility was essential to make naval combat more enjoyable for players. “What we discovered in the end was that mobility was a key factor of making a fun experience for the player. So in fact the boat has a very high acceleration. You’re able to turn really fast. You’re able to move really fast. You may see a boat about to ram you, and then, like, within a couple of seconds you can sort of dodge out of the way because of the mobility of the ship.”
It’s worth considering that the naval battles in Assassin’s Creed: Origins already felt fast and arcadey, with ships being able to make quick turns to reposition itself so players can quickly fire a barrage of arrow at enemies. Based on the explanation from game designer Charles Benoit, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems to replicate the same experience. “The naval combat, you know, the sea is something more fast-paced, more close-range, it’s more intense than ever. The fact that we have people shooting javelins and arrows make us put the ship closer together so you can see the action.”
Ubisoft also teased that the naval experience is larger and more seamless this time around, allowing players to explore the large open-world area as they please. Various ship customization and upgrades will also be available.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is slated to hit retail on Oct. 5, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.