The Ubisoft E3 2019 showcase rounded off with an announcement trailer for a new Gods & Monsters game, one of the studio’s most interesting upcoming releases. The IP from the creators of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is described as “storybook adventure” set in a fantastical open-world of Greek mythology, with an enchanting painterly style that brings The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to mind.
The cinematic trailer gave us our first glimpse of the game’s fantastical setting, and some of the mythical creatures roaming its lush greenery. Beyond giving us a look at the style, and revealing an official release date, it didn’t give us too much insight. Thankfully, Ubisoft have revealed more details on its official website to give us a better idea of the kind of adventure that awaits us. Read on below to find out everything you need to know, from the release date to story details, and more.
The Gods & Monsters release date is 2020
The announcement happily came with the reveal of an official Gods & Monsters release date. We’ll be able to set off on a new journey in its pretty mythological world on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on February 25, 2020. Given that the release date is next year, we’ll hopefully get more details prior to its release. It would be especially great to see some gameplay ahead of launch. Gods & Monsters is also set to be available on Google Stadia, and will be included in Ubisoft’s new UPlay+ subscription service for PC, which the studio also announced during E3 2019.
Gods & Monsters trailer shows off a warrior called to help the gods
The Gods & Monsters announcement trailer takes us through a part of its beautifully stylised fantasy world. The “painterly” look, as Ubisoft calls it, is very appealing, and it really does give off the storybook adventure vibes it was going for. As we head through a picturesque setting, we whoosh past Medusa, before being introduced to the hero of this adventure who faces down a giant bird-like creature with a sword in hand. The narrator says: “When heroes need help, they turn to the gods. When the gods need help, they turn to you.” Oooh. As revealed by Ubisoft’s website, we follow the story of a forgotten hero who sets out on a quest to save the Greek gods. That’s sure to make for one very legendary journey, and we can’t wait to learn more about the hero we’ll be filling the shoes of.
Gods & Monsters story lets you wield the power of the gods
You’ll be playing as a customisable hero who sets out to save the Greek gods in Gods & Monsters. But why do they need saving? Well, it turns out the gods have fallen victim to Typhon, the most deadly creature in all of Greek Mythology. To face this mighty foe, the gods of Olympus have granted the hero special powers to defeat all manner of dangerous mythological creatures who have taken over the lands- such as Gorgons, Hydras, and Cyclops. Given that the twelve gods who make up the gods of Olympus all have their own powers and influences, it’ll be interesting to see how they come into play mechanic-wise. Will we be able to throw thunderbolts like Zeus, for example? We won’t know until we see some gameplay, but wielding the gods powers is an exciting prospect that could easily deliver some very fun, varied, and creative combat.
Gods & Monsters will feature puzzles, dungeons, and heroic feats
There will be plenty of challenges to face in the world to become the legendary storybook hero. Aside from the combat, which is bound to be interesting when the godly powers come into play, Ubisoft revealed there will also be tricky puzzles and mysterious dungeons. Oh, and heroic feats. Given that we’ll face lots of mighty creatures, there will be no end of chances to prove your heroism. We don’t know what these puzzles and dungeons will entail, but hopefully we’ll learn more soon.
Gods & Monsters takes place in an "artistic open-world"
The setting of Gods & Monsters is called the Isle of the Blessed, a picturesque open-world which has been taken over by mythological creatures who aren’t so friendly. Give its open-world nature, there will be a lot of room for exploration and discovery, and Ubisoft have said it will be “full of surprises."
Gods & Monsters is made by the creators of Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Yes, the team behind the sprawling, epic adventure that took Assassin’s Creed to Greece is bringing us this new experience. During the Ubisoft presentation, Senior Producer of Ubisoft Quebec, Marc-Alexis Côté, introduced the trailer and revealed that the team has been working on the project for the past four years. Talking about the team’s work on Assassins Creed, Côté said, “our imagination has always been bound to the reality of the history books.” But now with Gods & Monsters, their focus has shifted to a different aspect - Mythology. “The stories of the ancient gods and their misadventures have existed through generations of storytelling and audiences, and have transformed into tales we still know and love today,” Côté explained, “now these stories have shaped our dreams and helped us build something new.” The lore and research behind Odyssey has no doubt helped influence Gods & Monsters, and it’ll be interesting to see if the new game draws from any other aspect gameplay wise.