Why am I complaining about a missed opportunity for a game that’s 2-years-old you might be wondering? Well, it’s because we are only a couple of months away from the release of the next Assassins Creed game in Assassins Creed: Valhalla, which means that Assassins Creed: Odyssey‘s relevance is diminishing. That also means that any hope of additional content is also diminishing and I just assumed Ubisoft was working on the missed opportunities below as additional content. However, it seems as if they will remain missing.
It probably comes as no surprise that many of Assassins Creed’s players are considered history nerds, I myself am definitely one. So, it also should come as no surprise that when a game that allows you to explore the past is created, people like me are going leap at the opportunity of travelling through history via that said game.
However, because of people like me, Assassins Creed fans who aren’t history buffs, will learn that some of these games had some missed opportunities for greatness. Yes, that’s a pun for arguably the greatest general of all time, Alexander The Great!
Okay, I’m aware that technically he is Mecendonian and also Assassins Creed: Odyssey is set during the Peloponnesian War, 431-422 BC, with Alexander The Great living from 356-323 BC, which is more than a lifetime after the events of the game. However, this is a game who shows the story of people in the present travelling back in time to retrieve ancient weapons for a war that has been fought for thousands of years. So, it’s possible that changing the Animus’ dial just a little and heading to Alexander’s time could have happened.
I mean, this is a game based on ancient Greece, however, the most famous ancient Greek, if not the most famous Greek in general, wasn’t to be seen in the game. Julius Ceasar, a man that’s roughly on the same legendary status made an appearance in a game about Egypt. Ubisoft made that happen in a DLC but in a game about Greece, they didn’t find interesting enough to introduce Alexander?
Now, apart from just pleasing history fans like myself or Greek’s who wanted to meet Alexander, also like myself, the man could have played an interesting part in the game. Especially, as he was mentioned in Assassins Creed II, Assassins Creed: Revelations, Assassins Creed: Initiates, Assassins Creed: Chronicles – India, Assassins Creed: Last Descendants and Assassins Creed: Origins but not in the one game based in Greece. Why was he mentioned? Well, he was shown to possess a Piece of Eden for starters and because of the fact that he was so important to the ancient Greek world. Well, it turns out not important enough to make an appearance in Assassins Creed: Odyssey.
Then there was the absence of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a Greek masterpiece in the island of Rhodes. Yes, I’m referring to the Colossus of Rhodes, a giant statue of the Sun God Helios towering over the bay’s entrance. Again, this was erected in a time significantly after the events of the game in 292 BC and then destroyed in 226 BC but still, it’s importance in ancient Greece should have been great enough for the statue to be included somewhere through additional content.
I understand that these are minor things but if Alexander The Great was aver hoping to appear in any Assassins Creed game, it should have been Odyssey. The same applies to the Colossus of Rhodes. Hopefully, in Assassins Creed: Valhalla, we won’t be sitting here two years later on the eve of the next Assassins Creed game, hopefully, Assasins Creed: Japan, talking about more missed Viking or English opportunities.