There is an exciting rumor gaining traction that Ubisoft will unveil a "Community Tool" that would allow for user-made content for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. If true, the announcement would be revealed at E3.
Without a doubt, the release of such a tool would be nothing but beneficial for everyone involved, players and company alike. Currently there is already a substantial amount of content in the game and its DLC, with over 100 hours of playtime, and the potential for fan-made content could bolster that amount indefinitely.
The potential announcement would not be out of the blue for Ubisoft. They have made clear for years that players should have more control of their experiences, but until now how to do so has been murky. One idea is some sort of "Story Creator Mode" based on a tweet that was made, quickly deleted, but captured and restored by u/RinoTheBouncer on Reddit.
What a "Story Creator Mode" entails is up for speculation, but virtually anything would be a step in the right direction.
When given the tools to create custom content, there has been some fantastic work done by enthusiastic players. Perhaps one of the most notable is both The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It has been 13 years since Oblivion released and the custom mods made for that game have transformed it into something incredible, adding entirely new quests and story lines, weapons, armor, characters, and graphic overhauls.
In other cases, passionate creators have modded existing games to create entirely different ones. The origin of Dota 2 developed and published by Valve lies in the first Defense of the Ancients (DotA) that began its life as a community-created mod within Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion The Frozen Throne. Were it not for the tools given by Blizzard, there is a good change that Dota 2, one of the most popular games in the world and a giant in esports, might never have been.
For now, we can only wait a few more days until E3 finally gets underway to see if this rumor is true or simply wild speculation. If however the announcement does come, then Ubisoft will also need a pat on the back for being one of the few companies not to suffer a massive leak days before the event.
E3 will commence on June 11 and wrap up on the 13th, so keep an eye out for more news!