Finally, Ubisoft has confirmed our expectations for a new assassin with Vikings by announcing Assassin's Creed Valhalla. At the moment we have two trailers, a huge number of interviews with developers and a lot of new information as such. We can now structure everything we know about Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
When is Assassin's Creed Valhalla coming out?
Assassin's Creed Valhalla has been officially announced to arrive this winter. The platforms include both the old and the new generation of consoles, which means that the release will take place after the PS5 and XSX release.
However, the Altchar resource circulated information that the release may take place on October 16. They cite a source from Reddit where the person said that AC Valhalla was pre-ordered at his local game store with a release date of October 16, but after a while, the date was changed to "holiday 2020". Believe it poorly, since this is a month after the release of Cyberpunk 2077, which will be more competitive to the game.
On PC, the game will be released exclusively on EGS and Uplay. Nothing is known about Steam yet.
What was shown in the trailers?
In the first cinematic trailer, we were shown snippets of the plot. We didn't know exactly what would happen in the game, but at the end a hidden blade appeared, signifying that the assassins might again be in the spotlight.
The second trailer, which was called gameplay, actually has 2-3 seconds of real gameplay. More specifically, we saw how the hero runs and fights with axes. The rest is cinematic.
Who is the main character of Assassin's Creed Valhalla?
You will play as Eyvor, a warrior and leader of the Viking clan. Although not shown in the trailer, players will be able to choose which version of Eyvor they want to play, male or female. You can get a look at the female version of the character as a figurine in the physical collectible version, as well as in one of the screenshots. Specifically, we do not know what the difference is between them. However, Ubisoft has confirmed that both versions of the character are canon, regardless of your choice. It was even played on the plot, as in the case of Assassins Creed Odyssey. But to avoid spoilers, we were deprived of specifics.
Ubisoft also said that they are not going to show the Vikings from a positive or negative side. They will just be people with their own interests.
The Assassin's Creed Valhalla setting is set in England in the ninth century, starting in 873. Your clan left Norway to start a new life in England, which might be a little more hospitable. However, you will have to deal with the Saxons, who are not happy with your presence, and raid their territory.
Specifically, the action will take place in four kingdoms: Wessex, Northumbria, East Anglia and Mercia. The game has three major cities: London, Winchester and Jorvik.
In true history, Viking armies invaded and conquered most of England between 860 and 900 AD. King Alfred the Great of Wessex, featured in Valhalla's trailer, sends his soldiers to fight the Vikings. He was one of the few English rulers to successfully repulse the Norwegian armies. In the game itself, he will act as an antagonist and is declared as an ambiguous figure.
Despite the fact that the game has grown in size with each new part, Valhalla is going to break this trend. The developer says the game will be smaller than Odyssey.
In modern times, we again play for Leila Hassan. The same Darby McDevitt said that Valhalla will continue the story of Origins and Odyssey, both from a historical point of view, and a modern one, and will close the narrative circle, linking all parts of the series together. He says that it will take us more than one year to unravel all the references and connections.
It should be assumed that the modern story will be slightly larger than it was in the two past games. RPG component Like Odyssey,
Valhalla will dodge RPGs.
As stated on the game's page, it will have advanced RPG mechanics that will allow you to pump a unique character, as well as influence the world around you. Pumping is carried out through the skill tree. Remembering the old leaks about the game even before it was announced, perhaps we will have a leveling mechanic similar to Skyrim. But this is not confirmed, so let's not take it at face value.
Much attention will be paid to equipment, it will be possible to pump it, and as developers say, the game can be played with the very first equipment in the game, if the player wants it. This time, it is not the character's level that plays an important role in battles, but his skills.
A big battle is shown in the cinematic trailer, and creative director Ashraf Ismail details this in a video with developer comments on the trailer.
"If you're going to make a Viking game, combat should be intuitive, brutal and brutal," he says.
Ismail says there will be big epic battles in the game besides raids. However, they will often be an important part of the plot and are historically conditioned. Unlike Odyssey with its elemental battles, the battles will be elaborate. In them, we will meet Saxon warriors clad in armor, like the one that pounded the main character in the first trailer. Ismail says these soldiers will have weaknesses, as hinted at in the video when Eivor stabs him in the knee.
We know from Eyvor's abilities that he can throw axes, fight with two weapons in his hands at once, or combine a weapon with a shield. The hidden blade has also returned, which is now located on the back of the hero's wrist. Speaking of him, the hidden blade does not mean that Avor is an assassin or an invisible one.
In the comments to the first trailer, Islam also said that despite the presence of a hidden blade, he does not make the hero an assassin. Eivor meets and works with the Assassins early in the game, but knows little about them. Eyvor has common goals and views with the Assassins. Perhaps this refers to the overthrow of the Saxon rulers, who may be Templars or at least members of the Order of the Ancients.
As for why Aivor puts a hidden blade on top of the wrist, it's much simpler:
"Eivor puts on a hidden blade and thinks," This is such an awesome weapon, why should I hide it from enemies? ".
Eyvor's indirect connection with the assassins resembles the situation of Edward Kenway from Assassin's Creed 4. At the beginning of the game, Kenway is an ordinary pirate who finds clothes and a hidden blade of a killed assassin and takes it for himself. And while he works with the Assassins and ends up leading the London Brotherhood at a later age, he goes about his business most of the time. Eyvor can follow the same path in Valhalla.
The camp is an important part of the plot
Ubisoft Narrative Director Darby McDevitt said that the game will have a unique narrative structure, both for the series and in principle. It will revolve around your settlement and how you develop it.
In the past, Assassin's Creed sometimes had custom story bases like Assassin's Creed 2, but in Valhalla, settlement management will play a much more important role.
“This is your own Viking village, which should prosper and grow, your clan comrades live in it. The village is at the center of the quests and decisions you make. We want players to see the consequences of their actions, ”Lead Producer Julien Laferriere told Eurogamer.
The Viking settlement is located in England, and the development will include the construction and modernization of various buildings such as the barracks, the Kuznetsk, and the tattoo parlor.
Raiding and Exploration
We will constantly raid English lands from our Drakkar, conquering Saxon forts and villages. The game even includes diplomacy. Apparently, we will be able to "form alliances" with some of the Lords of England, although we do not have detailed information on how this will work.
We will also be able to create a unique team of Viking mercenaries who will fight with us and travel by ship. Sea battles, apparently, will not be, and the emphasis is on exploring locations.
Will we have a tame bear?
Perhaps you, like me, have questions after the screenshot where Eyvor stands with a polar bear. Will the hero have a tame polar bear? Most likely, we will definitely have our own bird, as in the two previous games, as well as in Odyssey, we will be able to tame animals and use them in battle.
So far, this is all we know about Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
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