Both Google and Ubisoft made individual announcements on the subject, focusing on the technological advancements that make streaming a game like Odyssey on a web browser possible. Though spots to join the Project Stream trial are limited, those who qualify and are selected will be able to play the game for free for a limited time.
A video of Odyssey running on Project Stream was provided by the companies and shows footage of Alexios exploring Greece, engaging in naval combat, and more. Though the footage appears to be running relatively smoothly at 1080p/60fps, input lag and other factors could not be ascertained from what has been shown.
Outlined by Google, testers are required to be US residents that are 17 years or older, they need a computer with an internet connection capable of 25 megabits per second (which Google will run a test of to verify), a controller or mouse and keyboard for input, as well as a Google account, an Ubisoft account, and the Google Chrome web browser.
“Because of the continued growth in bandwidth, computing power, and storage, Ubisoft firmly believes one of those disruptive technologies is streaming, which will not only change the way you play games, but also the way we create them,” said Ubisoft. “Only a select few will be participating in Project Stream, but everyone can experience the journey of either Alexios or Kassandra when Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches October 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.”
The Project Stream test begins on October 5 for a limited number of participants, but how long the test will last has not yet been announced. This isn’t the first streaming platform announced for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, as a cloud version of the game was announced for the Nintendo Switch in Japan.
In an interview with Tech, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot discussed the future of streaming in games, saying “Technology is actually going in that direction. The machines will be more powerful and the system to transfer data will be more efficient, so at one point, we will have a better experience streaming something than having to buy a machine and change the machine regularly.”
In our review of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, we called the game “Amazing” saying, “While there are definite rough edges, Odyssey sets a new bar for Assassin’s Creed games and holds its own in the eternal debate over the best open-world roleplaying games ever.”
For more on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, take a look at the game’s skill trees, and check out the roadmap for DLC coming to Odyssey in the coming months.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is coming to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 5.
Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for Tech. Follow him on Twitter.