Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed:Valhalla today. A digital artist made the artwork in real time. We’re now 100% sure vikings are involved. The trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will premiere tomorrow at 11 a.m. Stay tuned!
Update (4 p.m. EST): Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has been officially announced. While not all questions in the article below are answered, we now know the next installment will be named after the Nordic afterlife.
Update (1 p.m. EST): While the artistry is still going on, we can now confirm vikings are the focal point of the Next Assassin’s Creed. The iconic Scandinavian longships are now decorated with equally archetypal round shields and Nordic decals. As we write this, the artist is turning on of the soldiers found in the battle scene into a women. The previous AC featured the option to play as either a male or female protagonist. It appears Ubisoft continues that tradition in the next installment.
It is still unclear exactly which part of the viking era we’re visiting in the next Assassin’s Creed. Based on the enemy of the female viking found in the battle scene, our Roman theory seems about right.The original article continues below:
During a live stream on YouTube, Twitch, Mixr and Twitter Ubisoft revealed the next Assassin’s Creed to be set in the early middle ages. A castle in ruins on top of a hill is visible in the right picture. In the fields at the base of the hill a battle is raging. You can see men with spears and swords fighting there. This leads us to believe we’re looking at a medieval setting.
What really gives it away though is the left side of the artwork. There you can see two typical viking longships sailing through an icy environment. Historically, those two images combined can mean only one thing: Vikings will take to the sea and raid and invade European countries.
Vikings in Britain
As chronicled in the History Channel series Vikings, the Scandinavian raiders most notably invaded the British Isles. From the late 8th century all the way into the 11th century, vikings terrorized the islands north of the European mainland.
Still, the armor worn by one of the spearmen in the artwork doesn’t quite add up. The spear-wielding man appears to wear Roman armor and an iconic red cloak/cape. While not likely, this could mean the next Assassin’s Creed is set in the very early viking period. The Roman empire collapsed in the 5th century, so vikings never actually raided them. They did however come into contact with one another.
But one this is almost 100% certain: vikings will be the focus of the next Assassin’s Creed. And apart from our historical knowledge, we’ve seen multiple leaks suggesting this too. The only thing we have to figure out now, is where the vikings are sailing off to.
Watch the live stream here
The artsy live stream started almost four hours ago, and shows digital artist Bosslogic painting away using Adobe Photoshop. The artist continues to craft the artwork revealing the setting. You can watch the Assassin’s Creed be revealed live below. Let us know in the comment’s what you think about a Assassin’s Creed set in the age of vikings.
Ubisoft allegedly still has 4 more major titles coming by march 2021. We don’t know how much the corona virus has impacted that release schedule.