A fresh nugget of information has emerged from the latest round of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey previews. Ubisoft’s Grecian action-RPG will be playable in two distinct modes for the first time - Guided Mode and Exploration Mode.

Guided Mode is Assassin’s Creed exactly as we know. This will start Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as “a more traditional experience”, by which Ubisoft means all the usual navigation waypoints and quests markers, allowing players to hop from point to point using the guidance systems.

Exploration Mode, however, is the far more interesting of the two. This is a never-before-seen approach to Assassin’s Creed that offers a nod to old-school gaming, removing quest markers and assassination targets marked on the map. With Exploration Mode enabled in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players will have to investigate the world for themselves, uncovering clues and following directions explained by NPCs in order to navigate.

What’s particularly fascinating is this doesn’t appear to be some sort of throwaway mode. The official description says Exploration Mode “is the way Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is meant to be experienced.”

Anybody familiar with the likes of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind will be aware of how much depth this can add to a world, although only if it’s well-executed. If it’s bolted on and the directions are too fluffy or vague it could lead to frustration, but done well it could be quite a game-changer. It draws the players eyes away from map markers and onto navigating the world itself, looking for key landmarks or locations that could point the way to your destination.

What are your thoughts on ACO’s new Exploration Mode? Do you plan to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in Guide or Exploration mode? Let us know below!

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is out on October 5th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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