We were supposed to be killing monsters in a world so beautifully-colored and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-aesthetic from the same studio that brought us Assassins Creed Odyssey. Unfortunately, it’s September 2020, and we still don’t know when we’re going to play Gods and Monsters.
The short trailer revealed at E3 2019 had a release date of February 2020, but we’re still not slaying monsters. The basic premise of Gods and Monsters is, players will get to customize a hero they can use to save Greek Gods from a deadly creature they can’t kill themselves. It’s a Hercules-like adventure where the protagonist is endowed with special powers to take on some well-known Greek mythology creatures like a Hydra or Cyclops.
It’s going to be an open-world title that, when the trailers started, many could have sworn was Breath of the Wild. That is how colorful and picturesque the world will be. It’s going to be filled with dungeons, puzzles, and other adventures.
However, now it looks like this highly anticipated Ubisoft game thanks to an (accidental?) leak by Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee. An early build of the game was leaked, but Ubisoft quickly shut it down as one that was only available for journalists to play at E3 2019. That’s when Ubisoft confirmed Gods and Monsters was given a new name but has not confirmed what the name is. Many believe Ubisoft named the game Immortals: Fenyx Rising, which would make sense because of the main character’s name.
Unfortunately, it looks like a combination of the coronavirus pandemic and abuse allegations. It seems a sweep of the #MeToo movement forces the resignation or firing of top Ubisoft staff. Many disturbing stories of sexual misconduct and verbal and physical abuse came to light, which Ubisoft claims they were deeply concerned about.
Right now, there is no hard date for a release of Immortals: Fenyx Rising, because Ubisoft said the game has an entirely different build than the one journalists were able to play in 2020. We will just have to wait to hear any news from the next Ubisoft Forward event.