Ubisoft have dropped the first trailer for the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, subtitled Valhalla, coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia in Holiday 2020. We’ll have to wait for more specifics and the timing of its release across those platforms though.
The trailer depicts Vikings raiding the lands of England on their iconic longships, jumping the series forward several centuries from the last two entries. Without delving too much into Viking history, their first recorded invasion of England was in 793AD when they besieged Landisfarne and began their bloody raid of Northumberland. This results in all out warfare with the Anglo-Saxons under the leadership of Alfred the Great, who definitely looks like he’s a Templar.
The game will follow new protagonist Eivor (who can be either male or female, and is heavily customisable), who spends some of his time back at home in Norway, where the game begins, before heading off to Britain. A returning element will be creating a village settlement that acts as the hub for Eivor and their fellow Vikings, which you’ll be looking to grow through your time with the game, with the story centred around this element (and potential romances as well).
Naturally they’ll be tapping into elements of Norse mythology, as well as featuring a raven to be Eivor’s animal companion to help explore the world, much like the eagles of previous games. Meanwhile, your adventures can head our across both land and water, though Longships are primarily a means of transport.
It’s not quite the first look at the game though, with the company streaming a teaser in which BossLogic painted Valhalla’s key art through a long and drawn out livestream. If the name wasn’t already a dead giveaway, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will take fans to era of the Vikings, but with the split key art, there appears to be two sides to this game with Valhalla seemingly letting us not only explore Scandinavia but what appears to be England as well.
This will be the twelfth mainline Assassin’s Creed game since the series debuted back in 2007. Over the course of the franchise, Assassin’s Creed has taken us to many different settings and historic eras starting with the Third Crusade, then Renaissance Italy where we were first introduced to fan favourite protagonist, Ezio.
Following 2015’s launch of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the franchise went quiet. Although that game had reviewed generally well, there were growing concerns that the open world template had grown stale despite efforts to revitalise with new game mechanics and features such as having two playable characters.
Assassin’s Creed returned in 2017 with AC: Origins marking a huge shift in terms of both setting and the game’s overall design. Odyssey launched a year later and would continue to carry the torch, veering more towards a traditional action RPG than those previous instalments.
Valhalla looks to be rounding out this loose trilogy of games. A Viking setting had been long rumoured though many had theorised that this newest game would instead take us to Ancient Rome. It appears those whispers were right after all!