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Discovery Tour Releasing Today For ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

  • Explore the whole map without conflict.
  • 5 Tours to embark on.
  • “The most interesting, but also the most factual things.”

 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has a new release today, in the form of the Discovery Tour mode. Making a return from Assassin’s Creed Origins, Discovery Tour allows players to experience the map without any conflict. No sneaking, no epic battles, just getting around and soaking it all in. The real draw of the Discovery Tour mode, though, are the different tours you can participate in with guides that will fill you in about different aspects of the history and the culture of Greece.

Discovery Tour aims to leave no stone unturned, talking about the grandiose aspects of Greece’s elite, to the day to day lives of those at the bottom of the societal ladders. The different cities, the positives and negatives of conquest; they even take the time to dive into the many myths of Greece. After you’ve completed these tours, players will be brought to task, and if they succeed when the game tests how much knowledge they’ve retained, they can earn in-game awards.

It’s a neat little extra, sure, but it also brings about reminders of the way Ubisoft handled Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Discovery Tour mode, where some aspects of the history had been changed. It’s normal for these changes to be made in the main gameplay themselves to help suit some aspects of the storyline, which rides a line between historical fantasy and sci-fi over its long line of game. However, in Assassin’s Creed Origins there were some changes made to historical aspects not for gameplay’s sake, but for inclusion. Discovery Tour in Origins, would also see several statues censored with very out-of-place seashells.

While Ubisoft did acknowledge this during the course of the Origins version of Discovery Tour, it rubbed many the wrong way that the changes in the main game were not corrected for a mode that was supposed to be all about historical accuracy. It led to a fair amount of skepticism on just how accurate the Discovery Tour mode would be for Odyssey. The debacle with Origins left a community divided on what was otherwise a fairly well-received Assassin’s Creed game.

If they maintain that level of transparency on changes, or adjust things so that they’re accurate in the Discovery Mode, there may not be backlash this time around. All the same, if you want to learn about ancient Greece, the better place to do so would be a history book or a museum. But if you want to unlock some new in-game extras, or just wander the landscape for some awesome environmental screenshots, Discovery Tour has got you covered.

 

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