Warning: Possible game spoilers ahead.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey will feature naval combat for the first time in a while, according to leaked screenshots of the game. Further details were leaked by what appears to be the PlayStation Store.
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag was a high point in the series, and there's no doubt that was due to two things: the naval combat, which offered a fun and dramatic alternative to the hand-to-hand melees gamers were used to, and the sea chanties sung by the player's sailors on their boat. Now, it appears that the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Odyssey will see a return to at least the naval combat part of that, though this time with Greek triremes instead of pirate frigates. No word on sea chanties, yet, though we can certainly hope.
This news comes by way of Gematsu, which discovered a number of screenshots on the GamePro.de servers. They certainly seem authentic.
Another screenshot suggests a return of the player character's bird of prey. In the last Assassin's Creed game, Origins, the main character Bayek had an eagle who could scan an area for enemy locations.
Another image appeared on Reddit and seems to give some story details away.
Phrases like "take control of your destiny and write your own epic odyssey" seem to suggest some narrative choices, perhaps even light RPG elements. This, combined with other leaks, also seems to confirm that the story will be set against a conflict between the Spartans and the Athenians in Ancient Greece, with the protagonist fighting on behalf of the Spartans.
Still, this all seems a bit too soon for a new Assassin's Creed game. If this really will release this year (and, to be fair, we haven't yet seen a release date), that will mean a return to the exhausting pattern of only having one year between installments of the series. That may not be a recipe for disaster, but it certainly doesn't give much hope for quality.
What do you think? Would you rather wait another year for a new AC game, or are you excited enough by what this game could be bringing to the table to buy it up on day one?