Xbox Game Pass subscribers can now dive into the ancient Greek RPG Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Microsoft has announced that it has purchased Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for its subscription service during Xbox Tokyo Game Show live stream (opens in new tab). And it’s live on Xbox Game Pass now.
The second game to be released in the series’ mythology trilogy – and the sequel to Assassin’s Creed Origins – Odyssey continued the trend of its predecessor. Moving away from the stealth-focused gameplay that marked early Assassin’s Creed titles, it’s an expansive RPG that places greater emphasis on combat and character stat progression.
We gave it second place in our ranking of the best Assassin’s Creed games, praising its beautiful open world, worshiping Greek mythology, and arresting multiple endings. It also received a welcome update last year that added 60fps support for the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 consoles.
Lots of Ubisoft, all the time
It’s the latest Ubisoft game to come to Xbox Game Pass after the publisher announced a new partnership with Microsoft earlier this year. Ubisoft said it would bring more of its games to the subscription service and so far has added Assassin’s Creed Origins, Watch Dogs 2 and Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Given that Odyssey and Origins are now on the platform, it’s likely that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will eventually join them. But don’t expect to see the Viking RPG on Game Pass anytime soon. Valhalla just got a new roguelike expansion, and its latest free update is planned to be released later this year. Ubisoft may retain it from Game Pass until Assassin’s Creed Mirage hits shelves in 2023.
PlayStation owners are luckier. Valhalla is already on Sony’s PS Plus subscription service, and five other Assassin’s Creed games were put on the platform in July. Between Game Pass and PS Plus, it’s never been easier to acquire the Assassin’s Creed series.
This is doubly useful because the franchise is getting bigger and bigger. Ubisoft recently announced that it is working on two other titles besides Mirage, codenamed Red and Hexe. Red will take the series to Feudal Japan, while Hexe looks tinged with folk horror. They will be incorporated into Assassin’s Creed Infinity – an upcoming platform that will act as a central hub for the entire series.
It might be wishful thinking to expect them all to make it to Game Pass or PS Plus. But the release of Rainbow Six Extraction earlier this year has already shown that Ubisoft is willing to put big triple-A games on third-party platforms at launch. Fingers crossed.