-April 30, 2020 10:00 pm EDT-
-By: Nick Lehner-
Everything Assassin's Creed Valhalla
World Premiere & Everything we Know
It’s been two years now since Alexios and Kassandra took us back to ancient Greece with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Now, after two years of speculation, the next chapter in the franchise has been revealed. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, the same team behind Assassins Creed Black Flag, and Origins, comes Assassins Creed Valhalla. First teased via a live stream location reveal, delivered by artist BossLogic, the game's cinematic trailer premiered shortly after. So, for the sake of Odin, let’s break down everything we know about the upcoming game already!
It’s time to go back, back into Time
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes players to the beautiful and harsh world of 9th century England. Play as Eivor, a fierce viking raider from Norway who has set his sights on building a new home in England. The specific map size for Valhalla is yet to be revealed, however in a tweet Ubisoft thanked fourteen different studios for their work on the title.
While this does not confirm a larger than life map, it would certainly seem likely, given the amount of sheer dev-power behind the project. Ubisoft’s official website touches briefly on a beautiful and mysterious open world to explore, alliances to build, and warring kingdoms to conquer. With this in mind, gamers will most likely have all of old England at their disposal. Who else will be heading straight for Stonehenge?
Time for Character Overview
Like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft recently confirmed that players will have the ability to play as either a male or female in Valhalla. We have already seen the male version of Eivor, however we’ll have to wait a little longer to see his female counterpart. Outside of this little is known about our viking assassin protagonists. However, an interesting addition to this year's Assassin’s Creed is the ability to create, and then share online your own custom raiders.
Players will have the ability to build unique viking mercenaries that they can then share online for other players to recruit to their own adventures. Details are still scarce on the new game feature, however players can reportedly earn loot if their raiders are selected. How this loot system will be determined is unknown at the moment given the feature is entirely new to the franchise. However, it will no doubt add an interesting sense of incentive driven creativity to the games community.
Getting into the Gameplay
Eivor has a wide array of Norse weaponry at his/her disposal. Dual wield axes, to take on enemies, or if that isn't your style switch them out with swords, or even shields to take on enemies. Valhalla will deliver a ruthless style of combat, but with a rich assortment of weapons. Bows and arrows can be utilized for long range attacks, Maces, axes, and swords for close quarters combat, and if stealth is your style the classic hidden blade. Use your longship to conduct night raids, lead full fledged armies against Saxxon fortresses, and into massive battles, or win the day through conversation and tact.
Whether you choose conquest or alliances to dominate the kingdoms, Valhalla’s story hinges on each decision you make. Ubisoft Montreal also lets players build, customize, and upgrade settlements. Upgrade troops through the settlement's barracks, or weapons through the blacksmith. Upgrade your settlements defenses to protect your people, or take a break to go get some new ink at the tattoo parlor. Ubisoft Montreal’s twitter confirmed that more light will be shed on Valhalla’s gameplay next week via Inside Xbox.
Dark Ages Indeed
The announcement trailer for Assassin's Creed Valhalla has been well received, with the vast majority of fans applauding the new direction, and drooling over the chance to wield those dual axes. Its massive scale, brutal combat, immersive world, and unlimited potential definitely makes it an RPG with all the right ingredients for a hit.
Something that Ubisoft could use after the catastrophic let downs that were Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and The Division 2. Assassins Creed Valhalla is set to release during the holiday of this year to both current and next gen consoles, make sure to check the website out here, give the trailer a watch, and remember, Odin is with us!