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This article contains content from pre-release sources that may or may not be reflective of canon upon release. This article therefore likely contains spoilers.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is the upcoming twelfth main installment in the Assassin's Creed series developed by Ubisoft.[1] In the game, the player takes control of Eivor,[2] a Viking who fought in the Norse invasion of England.[3]

Plot synopsis

Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in the 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. 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.

To secure resources players can lead raids to select locations using their longship to earn much-needed riches and resources. As the Vikings begin to settle in their new home, they encounter resistance from the Saxons including King Aelfred of Wessex, who denounces them as heathens and looks to be the sole ruler of a civilized England. Against all odds, Eivor must do what is necessary to keep Valhalla within reach.[4]

Development

Ubisoft Montreal is the lead development studio on Valhalla, working with other 14 studios on the game.[5] This includes external developer Sperasoft.[6] The game having been in-development for 2 years as of April 2020, was led by Assassin's Creed: Origins and Black Flag creative director Ashraf Ismail,[7] with Darby McDevitt as the narrative director,[8] but in late June 2020 amid allegations of multiple counts of infidelity and sexual misconduct,[9][10] Ashraf stepped down from his position, citing personal issues impacting his family.[11]. McDevitt, aware of the similarities between 2018's God of War, believes that Valhalla can stand out as a game more rooted in historical accuracy rather than mythology.[12]

The game's working title, "Assassin's Creed: Kingdoms" was first leaked in April 2019,[13] misidentified as "Assassin's Creed: Kingdom",[14] after people found what appeared to be an easter egg for the game within a map in Tom Clancy's The Division 2. In it a poster reading "Valhalla" with a Viking character holding a sphere reminiscent of an Apple of Eden led to speculation about its relation to the Assassin's Creed series, which in turn led to journalist Jason Schreier confirming the setting and codename for the game.[13] However, this supposed 'leak' was later revealed to be a complete coincidence and an accident.[15]

Gameplay

Set in 873 AD, Valhalla has players take the role of Eivor, a Viking Raider and Clan Leader of the Norsemen who can be played either as male or female. The game retains the dialogue choice and NPC relationship elements from Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, with new elements such as forging political alliances with NPC clans. Every choice and decision of the players affects the world of the game in real time. Players can travel from the cold shores of Norway to England.[4]

Eivor is able to equip themself with an assortment of weapons, and dual wield many of them; Eivor can also use their Hidden Blade in combat.[16]

Eivor can develop their own settlement and build and upgrade structures such as tattoo shops and barracks, they can also recruit new members of their clan and can train their own army for raids or other missions.[4]

The player will be able to build a raiding party by recruiting non-player characters to assist with these.[17] Though the use of naval transport has returned, naval combat has been dialed back. Eivor's longship will act more as a means of travel when performing raids and for escaping after land combat, rather than being used in combat with other naval vessels.[7][18] Players can take part in activities like drinking games, hunting or traditional Norse games such as flyting.[19] A player will be able to create a Viking mercenary that can be recruited by other players, acting as a non-playable character within those games; the player will gain additional in-game rewards for successful missions.[17]

Release

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is set to released on 10 November 2020 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Stadia, with a PlayStation 5 version being released on the 12th or 19th, depending on the region. It will also be the first Assassin's Creed title for the next-generation of consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, being a launch title for both consoles.[20] Valhalla is considered Ubisoft's "flagship" game for the next-generation systems, and has been developed to take advantage of faster loading times both new consoles offer.[21] Players on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade their game to the next-gen version on their respective platform at no extra cost.[22] On PC, the game will not release on Steam at launch, but will be available on Uplay and the Epic Games Store.[23]

Marketing

On 29 April 2020, the game was officially announced by Ubisoft with an 8-hour art livestream by Boss Logic.[24] The cinematic trailer was then premiered on 30 April at 8AM PDT. The trailer revealed a projected release date of Holiday 2020.[3] On 7 May, a gameplay trailer was released showing in-engine footage.[25] The background image on the Ubisoft website for Valhalla, also seen in the trailers, contained a runic cipher which when translated revealed stanza 77 from Hávamál, an ancient Norse poem.[26] On 12 July at the UbiForward event, further gameplay footage of Valhalla was shown. One was a short gameplay overview,[27] while the other was a full 30 minute analysis.[28]

Editions

Ubisoft announced several editions of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.

AC Valhalla cover
  • A retail copy of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

Valhalla Drakkar Edition

Valhalla Limited Edition

Valhalla Gold Edition
  • A retail copy of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  • The Season Pass

Valhalla Ragnarok Edition
  • A retail copy of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  • The Season Pass
  • A 25cm Eivor figurine
  • Exclusive Steelbook

Valhalla Ultimate Edition

Valhalla Collectors Edition

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References

  1. Fahey, Mike (29-04-2020). Ubisoft Reveals Assassin's Creed Valhalla With An 8-Hour Painting Livestream. Kotaku. Archived from the original on April 29, 2020. Retrieved on April 29, 2020.
  2. Nedd, Alexis (29-04-2020). Ubisoft confirms 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' after an 8 hour BossLogic livestream. Mashable SE Asia. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 YouTube Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Cinematic World Premiere Trailer on the Ubisoft North America YouTube channel
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Weber, Rachel; Oloman, Jordan (30-04-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Everything we know so far about the new Viking flavored Assassin's Creed. GamesRadar+. Archived from the original on May 13, 2020. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  5. Twitter Ubisoft Montréal (@UbisoftMTL) on Twitter "Exciting! An immense congratulations to our studio warriors for all the good work and passion building to that reveal. We’d also like to thank the 14 co-dev studios all around the world. You know who you are, and we’re thankful for your dedication! Skàl!" (screenshot)
  6. Juba, Joe (30-04-2020). 25 Things We've Learned About Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Game Informer. Archived from the original on May 1, 2020. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Phillips, Tom (30-04-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla reshapes the series' RPG storytelling by giving you a Viking settlement. Eurogamer. Archived from the original on May 1, 2020. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  8. Williams, Mike (30-04-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Is the Grand Unifying Theory of Assassin's Creed. USGamer. Archived from the original on May 1, 2020. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  9. Lee, Julia (24-06-2020). Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director steps down, accused of sexual misconduct with fans. Polygon. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved on June 24, 2020.
  10. Kim, Matt (24-06-2020). Assassin's Creed: Valhalla Director Steps Down After Impropriety Allegations. IGN. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved on June 24, 2020.
  11. Twitter Ashraf Ismail (@AshrafAIsmail) on Twitter "I am stepping down from my beloved project to properly deal with the personal issues in my life. The lives of my family and my own are shattered. I am deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this." (screenshot)
  12. Ramée, Jordan (30-04-2020). Why Assassin's Creed Valhalla Dev Isn't Worried About The God Of War Similarities. GameSpot. Archived from the original on June 19, 2020. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Schreier, Jason (05-04-2019). Odd Tease In The Division 2 Spills The Beans On The Next Assassin's Creed. Kotaku. Archived from the original on April 5, 2019. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  14. Twitter Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) on Twitter "For a year now we've all been referring to the new Assassin's Creed by the codename I reported, Kingdom, but today I was informed that it's actually KingdomS. Whoops! To rectify this mistake I will be exclusively referring to the game as Assassin's Creed Valhallas" (screenshot)
  15. Pri (02-05-2020). Valhalla's Cameo in Division 2 was Accidental. GamePressure.com. Archived from the original on May 15, 2020. Retrieved on May 15, 2020.
  16. YouTube Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Developer Commentary Trailer on the Ubisoft YouTube channel
  17. 17.0 17.1 Sheridan, Conner (01-05-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla doesn't have multiplayer but does lets you make a Viking mercenary to help friends raid. GamesRadar+. Archived from the original on May 3, 2020. Retrieved on May 3, 2020.
  18. Gartenberg, Chaim (29-04-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla is Assassin's Creed with vikings. The Verge. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020. Retrieved on May 3, 2020.
  19. Dornbush, Jonathon (30-04-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla to Feature Playable Viking Rap Battles. IGN. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020. Retrieved on May 3, 2020.
  20. Skrebels, Joe (12-07-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gets November Release Date. IGN. Archived from the original on July 12, 2020. Retrieved on July 14, 2020.
  21. Dornbush, Jonathon (30-04-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay, Story Details Revealed. IGN. Archived from the original on May 1, 2020. Retrieved on April 30, 2020.
  22. Romano, Sal (12-07-2020). Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launches November 17 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia; coming soon to PS5 and Xbox Series X. Archived from the original on July 12, 2020. Retrieved on July 14, 2020.
  23. Makuch, Eddie (06-05-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Won't Launch on Steam, Is An Epic Games Store Exclusive. GameSpot. Archived from the original on May 9, 2020. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.
  24. YouTube Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Official Tease with BossLogic | Ubisoft [NA] on the Ubisoft North America YouTube channel
  25. YouTube Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: First Look Gameplay Trailer | Ubisoft [NA] on the Ubisoft North America YouTube channel
  26. Duckworth, Joshua (04-05-2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Hidden Rune Code Solved. Game Rant. Archived from the original on May 6, 2020. Retrieved on May 21, 2020.
  27. YouTube Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Official Gameplay Overview Trailer on the GameSpot YouTube channel
  28. YouTube Assassin's Creed Valhalla - 30 Minutes of Gameplay | Ubisoft Forward on the IGN YouTube channel

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