There’s a new IP on the block, but it features some familiar characters. Gods & Monsters is set to take players on a journey through Greek mythology, and is currently in game development by Ubisoft Quebec — most recently the creators of 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
The reveal of Gods and Monsters came during the Ubisoft press conference at E3 2019, and is one of only two fresh IP reveals from the company — the other being Roller Champions, a roller derby-based multiplayer game.
While Roller Champions has built up some early buzz, easily the most interesting reveal was the short but sweet Gods and Monsters trailer. It only lasted a little over a minute, but the trailer featured a gorgeous painted art style reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, sans the latter’s flatter, cel-shaded look.
“The gods have fallen victim to the most deadly creature in Greek mythology, Typhon,” reads a brief description on the official website. “Embark on an epic journey to help restore their powers.”
Though details are still skimp, we know from brief descriptors about the game that the player will inherit some abilities from the gods. In one screenshot, an injured Zeus can be seen passing on lightning, with a header teasing that the player will “wield the power of the gods.”
It’s not explicitly stated in the trailer, but IGN has confirmed from a gameplay demo that players will find mythological items along the way to assist them in their journey. One example given of an acquirable item are the Talaria — the boots of Hermes. In fact, the player can be seen wearing these in the trailer, along with what appears to be his winged helmet.
Fenyx is the name of the new protagonist for the story, pitched as a hero forgotten by myth. Puzzles, dungeons and quests are all mentioned in descriptions of the new IP’s gameplay, with clear indications of an open-world that has since been explicitly confirmed.
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The colorful open-world from ‘Gods and Monsters’ is sure to draw ‘Breath of The Wild’ comparisons.
When Ubisoft Quebec’s Senior Producer Marc-Aleix Cote got up in front of the crowd at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, he did so with a message of developer intrigue spurred on by the development of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
“Over the last 10 years, I have had the chance to be part of an incredible team that has pushed the limits of Assassin’s Creed to explore historical periods from a unique angle, but our imagination has always been bound to the reality of the history books. Through our work on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey these past four years, our minds have lingered on another aspect of our history – mythology.”
With Gods and Monsters, Ubisoft Quebec will be exploring a new, but familiar world — a storybook puzzle platforming adventure set in an open-world, steeped in Greek mythology. The game is scheduled for release in February of 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and the newly-announced Google Stadia streaming platform.