There’s something about the Assassin’s Creed games that brings out the adventurer in us all. Since the release of classics like Black Flag, players have craved a more immersive and epic tale about the flaws and trials of humanity. There’s no better feeling in video games than understanding a journey that you took a character on and being sad that it’s over because of how good it was.
Ubisoft has moved toward a more heavily grindy experience with the likes of Origins and Odyssey. These games are great but they often miss the mark for some players. A lot of gamers criticized Ubisoft for pushing more quest-like structures and XP grinding with their recent games, although some found it rewarding.
Building up your roster of weapons and moves by finding materials and crafting new gear is fun for some, and tedious for others. And based on the path Ubisoft has taken in response to harsh backlash from disasters like Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the company may be moving to a more traditional style of design with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is looking to step back into the classic shoes of the franchise. Ubisoft confirms that you will “Blaze your own path across England with advanced RPG mechanics. Fight brutal battles, lead fiery raids or use strategy and alliances with other leaders to bring victory. Every choice you make in combat and conversation is another step on the path to greatness.”
Players will gain much more flexibility in how they play and approach problems, with branching pathways based on dialogue and gameplay choices.
Having a much more immersive and story-driven game is great, but some players get their enjoyment from building a god of chaos and death in these games. The ability to be a murder hobo is pretty appealing. But for the more strategic-minded player, there are some new and returning elements. Ubisoft is bringing in some settlement-building systems to the game, challenging players to develop their clan to new heights.
Ubisoft has also teased some kind of multiplayer modes in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, although details on that are still pretty light as of now. Keep an eye out for more news soon. Players will somehow tie the settlement-building into the multilayer, at least according to current information.
The game releases in Holiday 2020. As of now, Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due out later 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. There are Gold and Ultimate Editions with DLC and other digital bonuses. There’s also the massive Collector’s Edition that includes unique statues, a soundtrack and more.