A certain Mr Box predicted at the beginning of this month and probably one of the rare times where I can put up with his smugness, he was right, as the latest Assassin’s Creed now has a name – Assassins Creed Valhalla. It’s now focusing on the Vikings, and after watching the trailer and a bit of research, here is what we know about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
This time around we will be stepping into the shoes of Eivor (either as a man or as a woman, following on from Odessey) who is leading a clan of Norse people to get away from Norway’s continuing war and that there is fuck all resources to survive. So, they decide to make a settlement on the lands of 9th century Britain that is built up of other groups like Britons who were descendants of the Romans.
It is mainly dominated by the Saxons and King Aelfred (quite an important figure in British history as he united all of the kingdoms and settlements). In short, find a patch and bludgeon anyone to death that looks at your settlement a bit funny. Sure there are going to be Templars or their equivalents involved in all this and precursor stuff and historical figures that are almost presented like it’s a kids tv show. As premises go it’s a nice change from straight to topping off Templars as such.
Diplomacy vs violence
Assassin’s Creed follows on from its recent predecessors in being an RPG. It seems it’s gone much further than changing your equipment every 5 seconds because of a pair of shoes that gives you 0.8% defence more. It seems that Valhalla has that diplomacy that can be a much more valuable tool than a hidden blade.
In making alliances as such with other groups of people as such can make more friends than being a tyrant and lopping heads off by the seconds. If diplomacy fails or you’re feeling like dicking people over you can raid settlements via Longships or lead massive assaults on Saxon Strongholds and more. Any diplomatic deals you make, any strategies you make in combat and dialogue choice could affect the world around you and the path that Eivot takes.
The combat has also had some changes to reflect the times. Eivor can use swords, axes and shields and even dual-wield them – even shields as well. Bows and arrows and the hidden blade make a return (on a personal note hopefully is a viable tool and can kill anyone, unlike in Odyssey where it more poked them, rather than killed them which fucked me right off). A first for the series, dismemberment so you can chop your foes up with brutal efficiency in combat, or swap the hammer for the scalpel that is the hidden blade. Also there will be a greater variety of enemies to deal with as you write out your folklore (according to Ubisoft that is).
Now your settlement is going to be your home for the duration. So, you want to keep it in top condition if you don’t want to be getting raided yourself. All those lovely resources that you’ve taken from poor Saxons that got ahead of themselves, this can be put towards building barracks or shops like blacksmiths and tattoo parlours which will, in turn, give you side quests to add to the list. You can hire Merc Vikings that are created by your friends. Also, you can partake in drinking games, Hunting or traditional Norse competitions, like for example Flyting – Which is a mother fuckin’ Rap Battle.
I know where I’m spending my time with the game.
When is it coming out?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be out at the end of 2020 (can’t fucking wait for this year to be over already) and will be on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC, and depending on if it’s not postponed like fucking everything is Xbox Series X and Playstation 5.