Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Everything we know This Game
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been officially announced, confirming a lot of what we already suspected: Ubisoft’s next Assassin’s Creed game is coming in 2020, and it’s all about Vikings. As leader of a Viking clan, players will clash with the Saxons as the Norse warriors attempt to settle in England.
Here’s everything we know so far about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
When is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s release date?
There’s no specific launch date yet, but Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming “Holiday 2020.”
Here are the trailers for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
You can watch the trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla right here. It’s cinematic, so we don’t get a look at any real gameplay, but it gives some nice story flavor and reminds us near the end that, yes, this is still definitely an Assassin’s Creed game.
And here’s a ‘first-look gameplay trailer’ which, frankly, doesn’t really show much gameplay either, but you can see a few moments of running, some tackling, a knee to the head, and an axe being thrown, plus some brief battering ram action, alongside some more cinematic visuals.
Who’s the protagonist?
You’ll play as Eivor, a warrior and Viking clan leader. While not shown in the trailer, players will be able to choose which version of Eivor they want to play, male or female. You can get a look at female Eivor in figurine form: She comes with the pricey ($200!) physical collector’s edition, though we don’t yet know if there’s any in-game difference between the two versions of Eivor beside appearance and a different voice actor.
When and where is Valhalla set?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes place in England in the ninth century, beginning in the year 873. Your clan has left Norway behind to start a new life in England, which may be slightly more hospitable, but staking out some new territory won’t be easy. You’ll still have to deal with the Saxons, who aren’t thrilled about your presence.
In real history, Vikings armies invaded and conquered much of England between 860 and 900 AD, but smaller raids were happening decades before that. King Alfred the Great of Wessex, a real figure, is in the Valhalla trailer above sending his soldiers out to battle the Vikings. He was one of the few English rulers to successfully beat back the Norse armies.
Is Valhalla an RPG like Odyssey?
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey turned the familiar stealth-action series into a full-bodied RPG experience, adding branching dialogue and player choices that could change the course of the story. It was a welcome change for the series, so we’re happy to see RPG systems will continue in Valhalla.
“Advanced RPG mechanics allow you to shape the growth of your character and influence the world around you,” says Ubisoft.
You can share custom Viking raiders with friends
As you expand your Viking clan’s reach from Norway into England, you’ll lead massive raids against your Saxon enemies. Launch attacks from your longboat, conquer Saxon forts, and even do a bit of diplomacy: Apparently you’ll be able to “forge alliances” with some of the lords of England, though we don’t have details of exactly how that will work yet.
You’ll also be able to build unique mercenary Viking raiders to fight alongside your clan, and you’ll be able to share these marauders with your friends for them to use in their own raids. You can even earn some loot when your friends use your custom Vikings in their games.
Valhalla won’t launch on Steam (for now)
Following The Division 2’s exclusive PC release on the Epic Games Store rather than Steam, Ubisoft said it would be releasing “several” more games on the Epic Store in the future. Now we know Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is one of them. It will also be available on Ubisoft’s Uplay launcher.
Will there be smooching?
There was a lot of romancing in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Valhalla is carrying forward that game’s “advanced RPG mechanics.” Love in the time of Vikings can apparently happen: Eurogamer’s piece states that romance options are available and take place in the Viking settlement you manage.
Will the present-day story continue?
Yep. The modern-day character of Layla Hassan first appeared in Assassin’s Creed Origins and then again in Odyssey, and players will inhabit her for the third time in Valhalla. “We’ve found a way to blend the present day into a new type of experience for players,” lead producer Julien Laferrière told Eurogamer.
Mythical hero Beowulf will make a Valhalla appearance
As was recently let slip, apparently there will be a The Legend of Beowulf DLC mission for Valhalla where players will “discover the cruel truth” behind the hero. Beowulf is an Old English epic poem that follows the life of the brutal warrior and his battles with three vicious monsters, including one terrifying dragon.
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