The DLC is straight up messing with players’ romantic choices.
Spoilers for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and its DLC to follow.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey set out to redefine the series with its RPG focus, allowing players to shape their character through dialogue and romance options, but the release of the second episode of the Legacy of the Blade DLC, Shadow Heritage, has seemingly invalidated a lot of players’ in-game choices by forcing a heterosexual romance with the offspring of the first ever assassin, Darius.
Alexios/ Kassandra will end up forging a relationship with Neema/ Natakas (a female/ male character, depending on which character you’re playing the game as). Regardless of whether you choose to ignore or encourage a romance with that person, in the end the two characters will form a romantic relationship and have a child.
Players have found this to be particularly erroneous given creative director Jonathan Dumont’s comments last year in an EW interview in which he said the game doesn’t “force players in romantic situations they might not be comfortable with.”
“Players decide if they want to engage with characters romantically. I think this allows everybody to build the relationships they want, which I feel respects everybody’s roleplay style and desires.”
Ubisoft has responded to the criticism in a statement to Kotaku, explaining that the events are part of an overarching story, that will be further explained in the DLC’s final episode.”
“We strive to give players choice whenever possible in Odyssey and apologise to those surprised by the events in this episode,” read the statement. “Without spoiling it, you will engage in an important relationship as part of a set story.”
“The motivation behind this relationship is yours to explore in game and will be reflected in your character’s story arc. There is one episode left in Legacy of the First Blade which will tie your character’s actions together.”