We are less than 2 weeks away from Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft’s digital event where they will reveal details about upcoming games and that showcase will no doubt include the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Hopefully it’ll show us more gameplay than what we saw in the Xbox’s event. Even though we haven’t seen a whole lot from the game other than trailers and pictures, there’s quite a lot the developers have revealed about the game. This article will sum up everything we know about the game till now and will prepare you for Ubisoft’s event.
If it wasn’t obvious enough from the name, the next Assassin’s Creed will be set in the Viking Era. The game will specifically focus on the 9th Century, the height of the Viking Age. The player plays as Eivor, a Viking raider and also a leader of a clan from Norway. The game will not be entirely set in Norway. Instead Eivor and their clan will be driven out of there due to reasons the developer hasn’t yet spoken about.
You get to explore England as well, where the player has to build settlements. During this time, Vikings raided many villages so the player will also experience them. However it is to be seen how the developers show that in a positive light. The trailers indicate that Eivor isn’t as cruel as his clan members as he protects someone from getting killed. From the reveal trailer, it seems like King Alfred of Wessex will be the main antagonist of the story. He was the only ruler who could withstand the Great Heathen Army.
Most games like God of War(2018) focus more on the Norse Mythology. While this game will certainly have elements of it, it aims to give a more grounded and realistic experience which will be quite unique for players.
The developers have said that this game will have a different structure for the narrative. The player will also build and manage their own settlements in this game. There was a feature like this in Assassin’s Creed 3, but this time their approach would be similar to Red Dead Redemption 2 than the former. Like Odyssey, the player will get to choose whether to play as a male or a female character. But this time, both characters will have the same name Eivor.
Also like Odyssey and Black Flag, this game will certainly feature naval combat. This was pretty much a given since Vikings are synonymous with ships and naval combat and the trailer confirmed it. Dual-wielding is now a core part of the game’s combat system and unlike Odyssey the hidden blade will be back in the game. This time you will be accompanied by a Raven for your Eagle Vision/Raven Vision. A Raven is a perfect fit for this game as Ravens are closely related to Norse mythology. This game will also boast a wider variety of enemies this time.
Assassin’s Creed games have always had enormous open worlds and up until the last game, they have always made these games bigger and longer. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was criticized heavily for being too long and grindy (apart from the fans who were already triggered by the fact that the series was moving in a new direction). The game’s creative director has said that the game’s length will be shorter than the last one. So you can expect less fluff in this game.
Players will be visiting and exploring parts of Norway as well as England as the Vikings raid and build settlements there.
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The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal who made Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. So fans have really high expectations from this game. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released in December on PC and consoles of the next and last generation. It will also be compatible with Xbox Smart Delivery, so players can buy the game for their last gen xbox and get a free upgrade for the next gen consoles.
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