Ubisoft announces Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Ubisoft has announced Assassin's Creed Valhalla the next entry into the long-standing open-world series. It is set to launch Holiday 2020 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia, and for Windows PC Via Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. The game will also be available on Ubisoft's subscription service UPLAY+.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla, as was highly rumored, features a Viking aesthetic set in England during the Dark Ages in the 9th century. Instead of having a sibling pair of protagonists like with Assassin's Creed Odyssey, players can instead choose to play as a male or female Viking named Eivor.
Valhalla will once again focus on RPG elements that were introduced with Assassin's Creed Origins and expanded upon in Odyssey, such as stats and dialogue choices. It even doubles down on the role-playing focus by adding new features such as the inclusion of your own Viking settlement that acts as your home base that can be customized and upgraded. For us here at RPG Site, these sorts of inclusions have certainly caught our eye, and we're interested to see how all these systems will unfold.
As is typical with the series, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be available in a variety of editions. Here is Ubisoft's breakdown of your options:
The Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s editions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla were announced along with Ubicollectibles products:
- The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Season Pass.
- The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass and the Ultimate Pack, giving players access to exclusive customization content: the Berserker Gear Pack, the Berserker Settlement Pack and the Berserker Longship Pack, along with a Set of Runes to improve weapons or gear.
- The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, the Ultimate Pack, a high-end Ubicollectibles replica of Eivor and her longship (30 cm high), a Collector’s Case, a SteelBook with unique artwork, a numbered certificate of authenticity, a Viking Statuette of Eivor with his raven and Dane axe (5 cm high), exclusive lithographs as well as a selected soundtrack of the game. The Collector’s Edition is available exclusively from the Ubisoft Store.
- The stand-alone Ubicollectibles products will include the Eivor Wolf-Kissed Figurine and his Hidden Blade Replica.
Find a cinematic trailer, description, and screenshot/art set from Ubisoft below.
Developed by the team behind Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag® and Assassin’s Creed® Origins at Ubisoft Montreal,** Assassin’s Creed Valhalla invites players to live the saga of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory. Offering a captivating Viking experience, the game brings players to a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. In this latest iteration, players can take advantage of new features including raids, growing their settlement, building their power and expanding their influence.
“We can’t wait for players to experience the incredible Viking journey ahead of them,” said Ashraf Ismail, Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. “Being in Eivor’s boots as both a Viking raider and a clan leader, players will face the conflicts of establishing a new home in the midst of a power struggle for control of England.”
Players will be able to choose to play as either a male or female Eivor, and will have access to customization tools including the ability to customize hair, tattoos, clothing, war paint, and gear. Political alliances, combat decisions, and dialogue choices can influence the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so players must choose wisely to protect their clan’s home and future.
Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in ninth century AD, players will lead Eivor’s clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms. Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before. To secure resources, players can lead raids to select locations using their longship to earn much-needed riches and supplies. As the Vikings begin to settle in their new home, they encounter resistance from the Saxons, including King Aelfred of Wessex, who denounces them as heathens and looks to be the sole ruler of a civilized England. Against all odds, Eivor must do what is necessary to keep Valhalla within reach.