Since the death of the Desmond Miles in Assassin’s Creed III, the franchise has struggled with a present day storyline.
After trying a first-person, Abstergo focused, narrative in Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed seemed to drift away from present day content – with very little appearing at all in Syndicate. But fans didn’t seem to mind, with some even calling for it to be eliminated all together.
But with the release of Assassin’s Creed Origins, a new present-day character was born — Layla Hassan
While speaking with Gaming In The 6ix at E3, Marc-Alexis Côté, senior producer on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, confirmed Hassan’s story, along with that of the First Civ, would continue.
“I think people really loved that we came back in Origins with a strong protagonist in the present day, a protagonist that you can play. So you’ll get more content in the present day as well so that we can go deeper into the Assassin’s Creed lore,” he explained.
Côté said the underlying theme of the entire Assassin’s franchise has been the quest for knowledge and Layla will continue this.
“Layla is looking for First Civ knowledge, First Civ artifacts and she’s not going to find just one in the past, she’s going to find many artifacts,” he said.
“Ancient Greece being very, very rich and very tied to First Civ lore… this is something that we’re going to explore in a lot of depth.”
But if you’ve had enough of the present day storyline, you won’t feel the burden of being forced to play it. Much like in Origins, you’ll be able to jump into the present time at your own will.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be released on October 5.