Assassin's Creed Odyssey Wants to Teach You About Ancient Greece
Ubisoft's second Discovery Tour places players in the world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey to teach them the history of ancient Greece.
Assassin’s Creed Origins taught you the history of ancient Egypt with its rendition of Discovery Tour–an educational experience that took players on a walkthrough of a kind of digital museum. You simply selected a location on the map and got to learn with one of many historical figures as a guide–no worries about being attacked by an enemy or quest. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is recreating that experience in Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece.
Odyssey‘s Discovery Tour takes players to over 29 regions spread across ancient Greece. It offers 30 tours spanning five topics: famous cities, daily, life, battles and war, politics and philosophy, and art, religion, and myths. Those topics will have seven, nine, five, four, and five tours each, respectively. Your tour guides for this experience are a wide array of ancient Greek historical figures like Leonidas and Herodotus. At the end of tours come–you guessed it–quizzes. Worry not, getting every question wrong won’t net you an F and a grounding.
New to this Discovery Tour are discovery sites. Sites differ from tours in that they’re unguided. Once at one of the many sites scattered across the map, you’re free to interact with the area at your own pace. Interacting with both sites and tours can gain you rewards like gnarly looking mounts (think a pegasus or a flaming undead horse) and avatars.
Discovery Tour is marketed as a learning experience through and through. Ubisoft even goes as far as to show it being used in a classroom in its launch trailer. It received some criticism for censoring artwork in Assassin’s Creed Origins–we’ll have to see if there are any equivalents of lazily slapping seashells over genitals on statues in this new Greek version.
Discovery Tour released today on PC, PS4, and Xbox One as a free update for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey owners. It’s also available as a standalone product on PC through Uplay for $20.