It’s another dramatic day down at TSA Towers as the next-gen details keep rolling in. This is a big one though – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is launching on the 10th of November, a week earlier than previously announced, to line up with the launch of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
The game will be be releasing for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia. For the home consoles, if you’re not hitting the next-gen on day one there’s free cross-gen upgrades, using Smart Delivery on Xbox.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was announced at the end of April. It 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.
During the Ubisoft Forward stream, they revealed some more of the game’s setting and what they learnt from researching the peoples and the time period. In particular, that the Vikings were really searching for new lands in which to settle, not simply to raid and pillage. That’s not to say that they weren’t brutal warriors.
A part of the new gameplay trailer showed off some snippets of raiding, in which you sail forth, blow your horn and raid for resources to grow your settlement. There’s a number of enemy archetypes that you’ll face, forcing you to take different approaches in battles, using new combat abilities such as using harpoons, throwing axes and the new stun mechanic. You can dual wield any two weapons and really customise your fighting style to suit you – even if that’s dual wielding two shields! You’ll also be leading the charge in assaults against Anglo Saxon strongholds.
Other times, it’ll be the classic Assassin’s Creed stealth of popping up your hood and then sneaking through. There will also be plenty of exploration, with pagan temples and roman ruins to head into.
“We are excited to announce that players will be able to discover Assassin’s Creed Valhalla sooner than expected! We cannot wait to see the world we’ve been creating over the past three years coming to life on all platforms, including on the next generation of consoles with the Xbox Series X | S on 10th November.” said Julien Laferrière, Producer on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.