Ubisoft has released a glut of gory details about their big new AAA game, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The new game is born out of the rumors of Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok, and brings the franchise to a new time and place. Players will take control of a Viking warrior as they lead their band on conquests of Saxon England. Players will also get to command their settlement and engage in political gameplay and story-building that’s reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed 2.
The gamers playing the new entry will take on the role of Viking assessing Elvio, who is quite the tough guy judging from the cinematics we’ve seen of the game so far. Players can choose to play them as a male or female, giving some flexibility in the narrative. It will be interesting to see how Ubisoft steeps this setting in its historical roots. Although it would be pretty standard for the franchise to take a fair bit of creative liberty.
As for what kind of gameplay loop to expect, that’s a bit tough to predict. There will obviously be some form of story-driven campaign, but a lot of folks are curious about multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In previous games, such as Origins and Odyssey, there was no access to any multiplayer, no Co-Op elements, and no online versus mode. The only real mode to play with friends was in modes like Brotherhood missions which offered very limited multiplayer functionality.
It could be that the settlement building ties into some kind of hybrid cooperative and competitive element with players raiding each other. Think the base raids in Metal Gear Solid V. This could be an interesting fusion of multiplayer and the stealth-driven gameplay of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Ubisoft has hinted at such a system for the game, but details are pretty scarce. It has been rumored that online settlement raids will be a thing, but we don’t know the extent of the system just yet.
The game releases in Holiday 2020. As of now, Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due out late this year via the Epic Games Store, Uplay and Stadia for PC. Releases for console ports via Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, and PS5 are all planned.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla also has various bits of DLC planned, with a Season Pass as well. Players who want to really throw down the cash can pre-order various customized premium versions of the game, all the way to the expensive Collector’s Edition with a unique set of statues and other goodies.