French video game company Ubisoft has unveiled the first look trailer of its upcoming title ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’ which is adding Vikings, thus fully adopting a Norse-inspired setting. The game’s first cinematic trailer gives us a glimpse at the game, exploring its “heartless, godless barbarians.”
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes place toward the end of the 9th century, a time when Norse tribes were leaving their homes in Scandinavia and sailing to Anglo-Saxon England. During this age of transition, you’ll take on the role of Eivor, a Viking raider and clan elder, (Viking series anyone?) and lead your people to a new land in the search for a new home.
“Every political alliance you build, combat strategy you employ, and dialogue choice you make will alter your journey,” Ubisoft said in a Press Release. The developer also scintillates players adding that ‘raids will be more action-packed and brutal than anything Assassin’s Creed has seen before, with a visceral new combat system that lets you bash, dismember, and decapitate your foes. Eivor will be able to dual-wield axes, swords, and even shields against the greatest variety of enemy types ever seen in Assassin’s Creed.’
While Assassin’s Creed has long been built around open-world parkour, new releases, beginning with Odyssey, have moved the series into an unprecedented era of more branches and customization.
What surprised historian Thierry Noel in the making of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla? On the Ubisoft website, he says ‘The gap between the reality of Norse society and the image we have of the reckless Viking was really interesting to me. They were a fascinating society in terms of culture and pretty fair in the way they treated women, who had important rights at the time. It was certainly contradictory to the common image we have of Vikings.”
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming this holiday for Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PS4, Stadia, and PC including UPLAY+.