Ubisoft have officially unveiled Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with a cinematic trailer, as well as confirming a next-gen version of the game.
Like the series’ most recent entry, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft have confirmed that players will be able to select either a male or female protagonist at the start of the game, with further customisation options including hair, tattoos, war paint and gear.
As either male or female Eivor, players will lead their clan of Norsemen from the war-torn shores of Norway to the divided kingdom of England, where they can attempt to carve out their own existence by raiding and battling against King Aelfred of Wessex and the Saxons, who have denounced them as heathens and invaders.
Players will be able to build their own settlements and use their longboats to raid select locations to further expand their influence, wealth and power. The game is also said to feature dialogue options and choices that can “influence the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.”
While we do not get to see any actual gameplay, the trailer does hint at possible features likely to be found in the game, such as large-scale battles, boss-like enemies, mythological beings, and, of course, hidden wrist blades. One feature that was confirmed is the ability to dual-wield weapons to fight “a greater variety of enemies than ever before.”
“We can’t wait for players to experience the incredible Viking journey ahead of them,” said Ashraf Ismail, Creative Director. “Being in Eivor’s boots as both a Viking raider and a clan leader, players will face the conflicts of establishing a new home while in the midst of a power struggle for control of England.”
A season pass has been announced for Valhalla's various special editions, while a tie-in novel, which lets fans step “even further” into the in-game world, is also available to pre-order.
No specific release date was revealed, with the game instead said to be coming sometime during “holiday 2020” to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Stadia, the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store and Ubisoft’s subscription service, Uplay+.
A next-gen version was also announced, with the game confirmed to be coming to both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
What did you think of the reveal? Share your thoughts on all things Assassin’s Creed Valhalla below or over in the forums.
Ubisoft have partnered with digital artist BossLogic to unveil the setting of the next Assassin’s Creed game.
There’s no official confirmation just yet, of course, but with the final picture starting to take shape it probably won’t be too long before Ubisoft confirms things. You can keep tabs on the progression of the reveal by watching the video above.
What do you think of a possible Norse-set Assassin’s Creed? Let us know below.
Kluge Interactive have expanded the library of their VR rhythm game Synth Riders with the addition of the Electro Swing Essentials DLC pack.
All five of the paid tracks can be purchased individually for $1.99 or as a complete set – which also includes the aforementioned thematic stage - for $8.99.
Following last month’s addition of a multiplayer mode, Kluge Interactive have also released a couple of features aimed at improving the experience for both veteran riders and newcomers.
Those picking up the game for the first time can now get to grips with its nuances thanks to a new interactive tutorial mode, while experienced players can take their “synth riding skills to the next level” by utilising the new practice mode, which allows specific parts of a song to be replayed in slow motion.
The Electro Swing Essentials DLC is available to download now on Oculus Quest and PC VR.
Let us know your thoughts on Synth Riders’ newest tracks and features below or in the forums.
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An image from the last major Tintin game to release on PC and consoles, 2011's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Paris-based games publisher Microids and Tintin custodians Moulinsart have partnered up to create a new game for consoles and PC based on the adventures of the famous reporter and his dog, Snowy.
Other iconic characters said to be making an appearance are Professor Calculus, Captain Haddock and detective duo Thomson and Thompson.
Moulinsart’s Director, Nick Rodwell, said the aim of the partnership is to create a “fun and friendly” game that everyone will be able to enjoy, adding that the upcoming title “inserts itself pretty well” in the Tintin legacy.
While there’s no other solid details just yet, the title of the game, along with some artwork and further information, will be revealed “soon.”
What do you think a Tintin game will be like? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Ubisoft Nadeo are delaying the release of their upcoming Trackmania Nations remake, with a new release date scheduled for later this summer.
While the news is no doubt disappointing for those looking forward to the game, Ubisoft Nadeo softened the blow by giving fans their first look at gameplay, which you can see in the above trailer.
A remake of 2006’s free-to-play Trackmania Nations, Trackmania, as the modern iteration is called, was announced during February’s Trackmania Grand League Finals in Lyon.
The remake will feature “easy-to-learn, hard-to-master” gameplay and a “fresh” visual style, along with a new seasonal campaign and daily track selections.
It’ll also make esports “accessible to everyone”, according to Nadeo, with in-game competitions ranging from daily events to “international open leagues.”
Trackmania is out 1 July on PC via the Epic Games Store and Uplay.
What do you think of the new-look Trackmania? Let us know below.
Explore procedurally generated tropical environments in Beam Team’s survival game Stranded Deep, out today on Xbox One and PS4.
Structures in the game range from basic shelters built from palm fronds to more lavish designs made from bricks and wood. You can also make vehicles such as rafts and even a gyrocopter, all of which can be used to explore new areas. These include other tropical islands and the surrounding waters, with players able to search for treasure and supplies in shipwrecks and abandoned dwellings.
Local fauna include snakes, wild boar and sharks, but also kraken-like giant squid, which you can see a brief glimpse of in the video above. There’s said to be three bosses to best, each of which offer up a “very important reward” once beaten along with a trophy that can be mounted on an in-game wall.
Stranded Deep is available to purchase digitally on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for £16.74 and £15.99, respectively.
Did you play the original PC release? Looking forward to some island survival on console? Let us know below.
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Codemasters have announced a new My Team mode for F1 2020 that’s said to offer a “unique” insight into the world of F1.
Split-screen support is making a return for local multiplayer, and two extra tracks – Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort – are also being added to the game’s collection of real-life circuits.
Codemasters are catering to both new and experienced players alike in F1 2020. In addition to the “core” racing experience simulation fans enjoy, a suite of new adjustable options are being introduced to help ease rookie drivers into the world of F1.
F1 2020 is out 10 July on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
What do you think of the new My Team feature? Let us know below.
Bethesda have rolled out the Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 that adds, among other things, the very first human NPCs to the game.
Also included in the update are new enemy types, weapons and armour, plus human allies; a special type of human NPC “that will bring more life to player C.A.M.P.s and offer activities to take part in daily.”
Two new events – Riding Shotgun and Radiation Rumble – are also being added, which see players protecting a caravan and fending off onslaughts of irradiated creatures, offering up “unique challenges” to those taking them on.
The update is available now as a free download for those who own Fallout 76 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Are you looking forward to the arrival of human NPCs? Let us know below.