While haystacks do still appear in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, our beloved companions have now been reduced to the single act of cushioning our fall from grace sync points, after which they turn into an obsolete bundle of pixels, never to be used in the traditional way again.
Sure, the developers have provided us with copious amounts of long grasses to afford us with all of the bountiful benefits that our comrade in arms used to offer us….but still, why not let us have both, dear Ubisoft? Why?
Because now there will be no more jumping into haystacks to evade an army of pursuing guards, holding our breaths until we become anonymous, hoping that the particularly nosey looking Templar doesn’t come over and poke around inside.
No more lying low beneath the surface, picking straw from our underpants while we wait to lure a nearby clueless enemy to their death.
No more hiding the evidence of a stealth attack gone wrong, and disposing of the bloodied bodies of twelve unlucky Blighters before the alarm is raised and our cover is blown.