Assassin's Creed Odyssey celebrates its first anniversary this month and Ubisoft is treating players to a new mount and the return of all epic encounters to Ancient Greece

Also, Ubisoft has totted up and calculated a collection of community achievements to mark the anniversary. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players have wandered the hills and sailed the seas for over 645 million hours of playtime, and 20 billion enemies have been bumped off. Speaking of which, when the opportunity arose players chose to flirt 71.5 per cent of the time,  and that’s something I will personally testify to. The developer said that it is currently working on turning all of these achievements and more into a pretty infographic, so watch this space.

Moving on to the presents for players, the new mount is Melaina which I initially misread and thought it was talking about someone totally different. She’s named for the nymph from Greek mythology, and the winged unicorn will appear in the in-game store later this month.

And, the epic encounters will be returning with a new schedule to celebrate the anniversary. These will include Mercenaries and Ships, so if players skipped out on their first tour of duty, they’ll get another chance at the bounty. The weeks of October will alternate between Mercenaries and Ships, so today’s target is Occylos the Successor. The schedule in its entirety is detailed in Ubisoft’s post, and there’s an additional Orichalcum earnings boost during this event. 

The defeat of an epic Mercenary or an epic Ship will offer 15 Orichalcum in rewards, so each week a player could collect a maximum of 105 Orichalcum instead of the baseline 40 Orichalcum. Orichalcum is the currency used for acquiring rare and powerful gear, so I’d hop-lite to it to make the most of the uptick.

Finally, Ubisoft has mentioned that the final title update for Assassin's Creed Odyssey is coming at some point in October. Patch v1.5.1 will address bug fixes and quality of life improvements, but it also seems that a little something extra is in the works, as Ubisoft told players to keep an eye on Twitter for news.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and will be another launch title on Google Stadia. The Discovery Tour was released in September, and now offers 30 tours that encompass famous Greek cities, everyday life, and ancient conflicts. 

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