Ubisoft Officially Announces Viking-Themed Assassin's Creed Valhalla
The entire Internet has been in an uproar the past couple of days over teases from Ubisoft over the next Assassin's Creed title. It all started with a livestream hosted by Ubisoft that featured artist Bosslogic digitally painting a key art piece that would reveal the setting of the next Assassin's Creed game. The stream went on for an entire day, and it didn't take long for viewers to piece together the fact that the next setting would be Viking related. Following the completion of the artwork, Ubisoft officially announced the next game: Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Better yet, they followed it up the next day with the game's first-ever trailer. Let's see what's up.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is set in the ninth century and follows the story of a Viking raider named Eivor. Similar to the system Ubisoft put in place with Assassin's Creed Odyssey, players will be able to choose between a male or female Eivor to play as. "Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in ninth century AD, players will lead Eivor's clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England's broken kingdoms," states Ubisoft's official story description. "Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before." More details about this new combat system weren't divulged, but it sounds like an interesting emphasis on weaponry and dual-wield attacks.
Ubisoft further describes other aspects of gameplay, a lot of which appear to relate to political decisions and raids that change the outcome of various story events. "Political alliances, combat decisions, and dialogue choices can influence the world of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, so players must choose wisely to protect their clan's home and future," the news release states. The raids themselves will be specifically for resource gathering, and they're conducted via the Viking's longship, a staple of the culture. The player choice seems to be the larger focus in this outing, allowing them to shift the balance of power in various political ways as they play. To add to this, players can customize their Eivor in all sorts of different ways, some of which were shown off in screenshots. You'll also be able to build your own settlements and expand upon them. A lot of it goes further in pushing the game closer towards RPG territory; a welcome and fresh change.
Naturally, there is no release date yet for Assassin's Creed Valhalla outside of 'Holiday 2020'. It's coming to nearly every platform under the sun, however! Ubisoft plans to release the game on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Google Stadia, and Windows PC via both the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Story. Those subscribed to Uplay Plus for the latter will get the game included as part of the deal. The mention of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X also means that Valhalla will be one of the first new games available for the next-gen consoles. You can view all the Viking glory in the trailer below, which is a nice, cozy 4-minute length. The game is available for pre-order now, so hop to it if you want to secure yourself a copy. Since there's no E3 this year, I imagine this would have been stored up for Ubisoft's conference. We'll likely hear more about the game in the leadup to release. It probably won't be long till other games join the next-gen bandwagon alongside Valhalla.