UPDATE October 31: The Assassin's Creed Odyssey Epic Mercenary Event is still being plagued by Gremlins, and has been cancelled for the second time running.
The other live event that Ubisoft hosts forhasn't been effected, which is known as Epic Ship Contracts and takes place every other week. So far it's that damned Damais the Indifferent that's causing the issues for the Epic Mercenary Event.
"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," Ubisoft said yesterday, on the official Assassin's Creedaccount. The good news is that they're working on a fix for the issue, so hopefully we know more soon.
"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."
UPDATE October 18: The first set of Assassin's Creed Odyssey live events have been cancelled by Ubisoft due to technical problems.
The first live event was supposed to be against an Epic Mercenary named Damais the Indifferent and was to kick off on the 16th, but Ubisoft pulled it at the last moment due to unspecified technical issues. The publisher apologized and offered this cute tweet:
Ubisoft confirmed to Kotaku that "the production team is investigating and hopes to have more information on an ETA for a fix." So it may be a little while before the live events start.
Original Story, October 16: Assassin's Creed Odyssey has been released to much critical acclaim, and though the game does have its own special set of problems, it's fun, it's got plenty of longevity, and Ubisoft definitely intend to support it in the long run. One way of them doing so is by kickstarting Assassin's Creed Odyssey Live Events.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Live Events are special weekly "raids", which will have players complete two particular types of missions which will be rotating interchangeably, one after the other.
Live Events include Epic Ships and Epic Mercenaries, which players have to sink and murder, respectively. Since murdering ships is not particularly rewarding on its own, especially ones as difficult as Ubisoft feel epic ships will be, players will get special currencies and resources for completion of Live Events.
Wrapping up weekly Live Events will grant you Orichalcum to spend with Sargon, at the Oikos of the Olympians. There, you will find Rare, Epic, and Legendary items for sale, with new inventory arriving on a weekly basis. Alternatively, Orichalcum can also be spent on the game's take on loot boxes, the Olympian Gifts.
To participate in Live Events, be on the lookout for special contracts popping up on your in-game quest boards, easily identifiable by the blue Orichalcum emblem next to their title. These are timed, but will rotate back again sometime in the future, so fret not.
The very first Live Event is now available; be sure to give it a whirl!