Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Cloud Version Coming to Japan on October 5th Another Potential Physical Switch cart version of a AAA game is relegated to a Japan-only Cloud streamed game "rental"September 14, 2018
Yeah, This will officially mark the 4th instance (that I’m aware of personally) of an Assassin’s Creed game appearing on a Nintendo handheld/console in one way, shape, or form, or another. The first three, in order of year, are Assassin’s Creed; Altair’s Chronicles for the Nintendo DS (A T-rated Assassin’s Creed sidescrolliing game that took place prior to the events of the first Assassin’s Creed chronologically and released in 2008), Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery (A T-rated DS port of PS3/Xbox 360’s Assassin’s Creed II that released in 2009), and Assassin’s Creed III (The Wii U version in particular in November 2012 was one of the first M-rated Assassin’s Creed games to ever hit a Nintendo platform – Handheld or Console, with the Wii U also getting Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag during the following year of 2013.)
Trivia: There was actually an Assassin’s Creed game in development for the Nintendo 3ds all the way back in 2010. It was called Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy. It started having work done on it during mid-2010, but by September 2010, Ubisoft had cancelled the game, stating that the Nintendo 3ds had a strong enough line-up of games at the time. (Aside from Super Street Fighter IV 3D edition, Super Monkey Ball 3D, Pilotwings Resort and Rayman 3D, and with Japan arguably having it worse, with only one game having my attention out of their line-up: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, it’s safe to say that Ubisoft was completely wrong on that decision).
Trivia #2: However, despite Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy’s unfortunate and completely lopsided cancellation, its’ main concept wouldn’t go to waste, as it got reworked and brought back into Assassin’s Creed Revelations, though sadly, that game, despite borrowing an idea from the doomed 3ds launch title Lost Legacy, never made it onto a Nintendo platform. 🙁
Now, the streaming, as was briefly shown in the video, appears to be a decently smooth 30FPS with nary a drop in sight, and not too much of a drop in graphical quality. For a cloud-based streaming port, i’m actually impressed.
However, the initial price for a 2-year Rental license is 8,400 yen.That’s on average about 4,200 yen per year, which is fine as it probably won’t take too much time for veteran Assassin’s Creed players to complete. However, there’s the matter of the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, and a yearly plan (in Japan, anyways) costs 2,400 yen! Combine those two totals, and that’s a total of 10,800 Yen!! (Around $96.38 in US Currency!).
So, to put that all together in simple Layman’s terms, If you went to Japan for a week with a 1-year Family Plan secured for your American and Japanese Nintendo accounts already, and downloaded the Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Cloud Version file, and went to Japan for about 1-2 weeks, it’d still cost you a few hundred to a thousand dollars for hotel stays of that length, flights to and from there and back, various dining expenses, local travel expense when in Japan, various Yen cards to pay for the 2-year rental license of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Cloud Version, and a few extra dollars to convert to yen for potential other costs that require yen-based payments.
So basically, in actuality, it’d cost you anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand or so american dollars just to be able to temporarily play one game. Then there’s the matter of entering your info to register for a Ubisoft account so you can stream the game and solving a tough japanese captcha, especially if you’re using an American Nintendo Switch via your Japanese Nintendo account. . .
And it’s not like you’d own the game “forever” once you finally completed those steps either. No. You’re basically just “renting” it for 2-years, but it’ll be more like a week or two tops for foreign visitors to Japan before you go home, find you can’t play it unless you’re willing and crazy enough to figure out how to set up a Japanese VPN in your home and stuff.
Anyways, it’s good for Japanese Nintendo fans who might not have (and probably didn’t) purchase the DS Assassin’s Creed games or the Wii U ports of III and IV: Black Flag, and thus more likely than not didn’t get into the series.
IF I somehow get a chance to play it, I’ll be sure to write a review on that game.
Thanks for reading, and if you’ll excuse me for a minute, I need to gather up my thoughts on the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service and weigh its’ pros and cons to see if it’ll be something I can recommend you spare some Eshop funds for. . .
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