Ubisoft and Microsoft have partnered up to show off nine new gameplay minutes of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla captured off the Xbox Series X. The footage starts in the Viking settlement of Ravensthorpe which, as Eivor, you can renovate as you see fit with more buildings and items becoming available as you journey through the game. Within the settlement is the war table where all quest arcs are first detailed and give player choices such as military conquest or arranging marriages.
The footage then moves to river raids. Here players take a small band of warriors and sail in a boat along the rivers. From there you strike Saxon targets where you can find special resources to upgrade the settlement and unlock buildings. After the raiding comes the fighting and here the brutality is not held back. You see axes get thrown at enemies while others get beheaded. The fighting section also shows the variety of enemies you will face which includes the wildlife and a boss. Exploration is also highlighted in this footage and it shows off a variety of environments from settlements, forests, and mountainous areas. There is a bit of footage of the raven flying around and spotting opportunities for Eivor too.
Stealth is also shown in the footage and it will be a core part of the game considering Vikings were seen as invaders by the Saxons. The footage shows the return of social stealth where you can blend in with crowds or sitting on benches. Stealth is not just about blending in though but also a tactical choice when scouting out areas that will be dangerous to Eivor. Stealth skills can highlight nearby enemies and resources. The final area explored in the footage are myth worlds. These worlds are entered through speaking to Seer who gives you drinks to open your mind. This leads to vision quests with one of the places to explore being Asgard.
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|S, 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, like using Smart Delivery on Xbox.