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.
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