Yesterday Ubisoft announced their upcoming game Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. The initial setting reveal was slow and artistic by having an artist digitally paint the artwork for the game in real time. The subsequent first trailer was spectacular, to say the least. In this article we will dive into all the information we have on Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.
As the title suggests, Valhalla centers around the vikings. The game focuses on the raids vikings did on the British Isles; Things that happened in real-life from the 8th through to the 11th century. The hit show Vikings (History Channel) chronicles the same time period, exploring the raids and the subsequent response by the Saxons. The game will take place during the 9th century at the height of the raids. This era also saw vikings establishing outposts and settlements on the main British island.
In Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, you’ll play as a Scandinavian raider by the name of Eivor. Which gender Eivor has, is up to you. Just like in Valhalla’s predecessor, Odyssey, players have the option to play as either a male or female protagonist.
Eivor is the leader of a small clan, banned from their homeland in Scandinavia. In search of a new place to live, they set sail to Britannia. There the viking-traditions of raiding, pillaging, and raping commenced, though we highly doubt the latter will be a new feature in the game.
Speaking of new features, we’ll obviously get a bunch of new stuff to play with. Nordic armor, weapons, hair, tattoos, and bodypaint will be used to customize your character. Of course, a unique story set in this mostly unexplored historical era will be told through the eyes of a raider. But gameplay-mechanically, there should be some nice surprises in Valhalla for fans of the franchise.
As a clan leader you’ll be tasked to build a new home for you and your clan. According to Ubisoft the game will feature raids. These could be somewhat like the outpost mechanic from Far Cry as a way to gather resources and progress the story. This ties into the settlement mechanic, where players can build and manage the viking’s foothold. Other AC’s like Assassins’s Creed II featured a build/manage mechanic; Valhalla might feature a more in-depth management system.
Assassins’s Creed: Valhalla will release for both current and next gen consoles. Somewhere during the holidays of 2020 it will be available on the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, and of course Windows PC (via the Epic Games Store or Ubisoft Store)