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Assassin's Creed Accused Of Copying God Of War

Assassin's Creed Accused Of Copying God Of War
Ubisoft | Sony Santa Monica Studio

Written by 

Tom Chapman

Posted 

14th Dec 2021 13:42

It's the clash of the titans, as Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series is taking a leaf out of God of War's book. Eivor and Kratos might seem a million miles apart, but now, their worlds have come closer than ever.

Over the years, that have been criticisms that the long-running Assassin's Creed series has copied God of War's style. GoW was first out of the gate, as it spent its first eight years exploring Greek mythology. It's convenient that one of AC's biggest sellers was 2018's Assassin's Creed Odyssey as Kassandra and Alexios toured this mythos.

Why Is Assassin's Creed Accused Of Copying God Of War?

The next Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC has been revealed, with the Dawn of Ragnarok expansion coming next March. The DLC was leaked online, but has now been made official by Ubisoft. In Dawn of Ragnarok, Eivor must embrace their destiny as Odin and fight to save son Baldr from the fire giant called Surtr. It all sounds very God of War... and that hasn't gone unnoticed.

One wrote, "Ubisoft really going mask off here. The whole Assassin's Creed franchise was just a really roundabout way to make God of War." However, they weren't alone in their critiques that Ubisoft has set its sights on God of War's success.

Another added, "Assassin's Creed went from inspiring Ghost of Tsushima to ripping off Witcher 3 and God of War lmao," while a third said, "Oh holy sh*t. That Dawn of Ragnarok DLC for Valhalla looks sick.. The only issue I have is that it's not really Assassin's Creed - it looks more like God of War."

And here lies the problem. Where Assassin's Creed has always leaned more into historical accuracy, recent entries have strayed into the mythological. Even Valhalla managed to keep some sense of normality, but by the looks of Dawn of Ragnarok, it's a completely different story. 

Could There Be An Actual God Of War Crossover?

Discussing what's to come, Ubisoft Sofia Creative Director Mikhail Lozanov said, "One of the key elements of the vision of Dawn of Ragnarök is to make players engage with the world and its inhabitants; to encourage players to observe and explore the world, and to experiment with the challenges we offer them.

"The powers that Odin can acquire from defeated enemies will allow players to traverse the vast world and create opportunities that were not possible before." We're yet to see Surtr in God of War (he was briefly mentioned), but with the fiery foe a big part of Ragnarok in Norse mythology, he's a likely candidate for next year's God of War Ragnarok

Industry insider Tom Henderson described Dawn of Ragnarokas having "around 40 hours of additional gameplay and will be a 'God of War-style' expansion." The comparison between the two games has obviously led to speculation an official crossover is on the way.

We're calling it now, but no way. For starters, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is playable on Xbox as well as PlayStation. Ubisoft is unlikely to sever ties with one of its biggest platforms for a PlayStation-exclusive collaboration. Then again, Crystal Dynamics did it with Spider-Man in Marvel's Avengers.

Simply, it sounds like Ubisoft has taken more than a little influence from Sony's record-breaking game. Considering IGN named 2018's God of War as the best game of all time, we're not really surprised. Either way, Don't expect Kratos and Eivor to go axe to axe unless it's in the video game charts in 2022. 

 

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