UPDATE November 30th: The reviews have now arrived, and Immortals Fenyx Rising is starting out STRONG! Click here to see them.
Immortals Fenyx Rising is one of the last big video game releases of 2020, and with just days to go before it hits stores, here's what you need to know about reading the game's reviews. The review embargo for Immortals drops on Monday November 30 at 9 am PT. That means the first reviews will start going up right away at that time and will likely continue to pour in over the day and into the week.
All of that leads up to the game's launch on December 3. Immortals Fenyx Rising will launch on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Stadia, with the lattermost platform holding the marketing rights to the game, which seems like a big win for Google Stadia.
Thus far, hands-on previews with Immortals have been generally positive. It's no secret that this game comes as a direct response to Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In fact, it Ubisoft ever tried to deny that, they wouldn't get very far with their defense. One look at the game makes it hard to argue the developer-publisher has created the aesthetics and some gameplay elements wholesale, but neither have they lifted the game's design entirely from the 2017 award-winner.
Immortals Fenyx Rising tries to stick out in a few ways. For one, there's a lot more story and dialogue in the game, like you'd expect in a sandbox from the team behind Assassin' Creed Odyssey. The action-adventure game is also narrated by a pair of wise-cracking characters from Greek mythology, Zeus and Prometheus. The pair are meant to offer real-time banter regarding your adventure like Statler and Waldorf, sometimes teasing you but more often butting their own heads together.
Immortals Fenyx Rising was first revealed a few years ago as Gods & Monsters, but underwent a name change earlier in 2020 after a delay pushed it out of the early-year window. Now it launches as one of the last big games of the year, followed only by Cyberpunk 2077. Check back on Monday at 9 am Pacific time to see what the first batch of critics have to say about Ubisoft's new IP. If it's a success, it seems likely to get a sequel, so in addition to sales, Monday's critical reception will go a long way to understanding the future of the series, even if it's years before the company formally announces anything.