One of Ubisoft’s prospective plans for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the introduction of Mercenary occurrences, occasional live events that added epic mercenaries into Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for the player to meet and kill. The idea was similar in function to Hitman’s elusive targets, time-limited assassination targets that encouraged players to re-engage with the game during set times. For Ubisoft’s game, however, a problem emerged when the last two mercenary events were cancelled on the eve of going live. Now the developer says that they’re putting a freeze on the entire idea while they work out the bugs.
“Two weeks ago, when we attempted to launch the first Epic Mercenary Event with Damais the Indifferent, we discovered that the content didn’t properly appear for a majority of our players,” a Ubisoft community manager explained in a forum post. “It wasn’t satisfactory to have an event available to only a portion of our players, so we decided to temporarily remove the Epic Mercenary Events from the game altogether until the issue is resolved. We are working on a fix and are hoping to introduce them later this month. We will provide an updated ETA as soon as possible.”
The first event was cancelled October 18, with a promise to renew the hunting in two weeks. On October 30, Ubisoft tweeted an announcement that it would not be happening then, either. This week, they officially put it on ice, though the forum post says they will be renewing it again later this month, hopefully with more fruitful results than before.
Remember Damais the Indifferent? So far we’ve had no success in tracking him down, so, unfortunately, there won’t be a live event this week.
We’re working towards a solution to address an issue that prevents the mercenary live events from appearing as soon as we can. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/BHqEp1g3cb
— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) October 30, 2018
In the meantime, Ubisoft is focusing on ship events, which are similar to the mercenary ones but with ship battles. Fans have suggested that there is a similar problem to the mercenary one there, as well, but it does not seem like Ubisoft is seeing the same degree of error there.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey released last month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can find our review for the game right here.
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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Mercenaries Live Events Are Being Put On Ice