Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the latest installment in the popular action adventure series. After a one-year hiatus, the license returns in an episode that will take the Vikings as its theme. In this folder, which we will update regularly, we compile everything we already know about the game.
Assassin’s Creed is making a comeback! After a year 2019 without play, the license returns with Valhalla. This episode wants to resume what made the success of the saga, but adding its little touches. Likewise, it will happen in a particular context, that of the transition from the current console generation to the next.
We are going to take a tour of the essential information to know about this new opus.
What is Assassin’s Creed?
It’s hard not to know Assassin’s Creed, as it is a well-known video game license. Assassin’s Creed first of the name, which was originally developed as a new Prince of Persia, was released in 2007. Since then, a new section comes out every year (except in 2008, 2016 and 1019). The saga took us back to the time of the Crusades, to the Caribbean of the 18th century, to the Paris of the Revolution or to the Italy of the Renaissance. Each game takes place at a certain point in history.
Assassin’s Creed experienced a second youth in 2017 with Origins, which took place in Egypt in the 1st century BC. This episode ushered in a new formula, putting the player in a much larger universe. It also added an RPG dimension with equipment to improve and levels to pass. The next episode, Odyssey, which was released in 2018, used the same formula and improved it, this time placing the action in Greece in the 5th century BC.
Valhalla will take up this principle. This will be the twelfth episode of the series to be released on home consoles. This time, he will put us in the shoes of a viking ready to do anything to conquer Great Britain.
When will Assassin’s Creed Valhalla be released and at what cost?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released on November 17th. As usual with Ubisoft, several editions will be available.
- The standard edition, first, it sells for 60 euros on PC and 70 euros on consoles. It will include the base game, and only the base game. It will then be necessary to pay the additional DLC which will be released later.
- The Gold Edition it includes the Season Pass, which means there will be no additional fees for DLC. It is sold for 100 euros, regardless of the platform.
- The Ultimate Edition, sold for 120 euros (PC and consoles) includes the Season Pass, but also in-game items to customize your hero or your boat as well as an additional mission.
Finally, the collector’s edition, sold for 200 euros, will include all the contents of the Ultimate pack, a statue of Eivor, the protagonist, as well as some goodies such as a bust, postcards and the soundtrack. To be reserved for collectors.
What consoles will Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release on?
Assassin’s Creed will be released on all current platforms, except the Switch.
The game will be available on PC, but will require going through the Epic Games Store. In addition to this launcher, you will need to install Uplay (Ubisoft’s software) to make it work. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released on consoles PS4 and Xbox One, but also on new generation consoles, namely the PS5 and Series X. Note that if you buy the game on the current generation, the next-gen version of the game will be “free”.
The game will obviously look better on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but will also be faster thanks to the SSD. While we don’t have any info on the technical data on PS5, we know that on Series X, the title will run in 4K, but at only 30 frames per second.
What is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla about?
Each Assassin’s Creed takes place in a different time and place. While the last two parts took place during Antiquity, Valhalla takes place in the High Middle Ages, in Great Britain. While no date has been given (Ubisoft only indicating that the action takes place during the “Age of the Vikings”), there are clues that allow us to see more clearly.
The presence in the trailer of the King of Wessex, Alfred the Great (who may be the main antagonist), tells us that the action will take place between 871 and 899. It is a troubled time for Great Britain, which is not yet a unified country and which faces very strong ethnic tensions between Saxons, Danes and Bretons.
Indeed, at the time, several kingdoms coexisted on the island (Mercia, Wessex, Northumbria, East Anglia, Wales …). The Saxons have faced raids for decades by what are today called the Vikings. The latter came to settle in the region to take advantage of the climatic conditions more favorable to agriculture, by subduing the inhabitants already present.
The player embodies Eivor (who can be a man or a woman according to his choice), a Viking chief who came to found a colony in Great Britain. He will have to face the hostility of the Saxons and make his ax speak. The player will quickly enter the Assassin’s Guild to fight against the Templars, as we are in an Assassin’s Creed after all.
The Assassin’s Creed episodes are independent of each other, as they tell their own story that enriches the universe of the series. It will therefore no need to play previous games to appreciate this new component. The overall story connecting the episodes to each other is told through phases in the present, which make up only a tiny part of the plot. As we recall, Assassin’s Creed tells us how the company Abstergo makes us relive past events thanks to a machine called the Animus.
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What does Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s gameplay look like?
If you’ve played an Assassin’s Creed before, you will not be disoriented. This is a third-person action-adventure game set in a one-piece open world. Here it will be a part of Norway and all of southern England which will be modeled. The North Sea, in between, will also be there for naval battles aboard your drakkar. The latter can be used to navigate the rivers to achieve your goal.
On land, the game is very similar to the two previous sections, both in terms of exploration or combat. It unfolded in depth during a long, narrated gameplay streak, which gives us a feel for what’s new.
Thus, the attacks of the Saxon fortresses will be among the highlights of the game. Very scripted sequences that are designed to be eye-catching. Another novelty is the possibility of founding a colony and improving it over time by completing various objectives, such as looting. This will require recruiting allies through quests.
For the rest, we are facing a very classic episode of the series. As usual, it will be possible to choose between stealth and action (the secret blade is making a comeback). Note that Eivor, the hero, will be able to wear a hood to be incognito in enemy cities. We also get the RPG aspect with skill points and equipment to manage, as well as the choice dialogues introduced with Odyssey. Mini-games spread across the universe will be present.
As in Odyssey, the player can choose to play as a woman or a man. If he regrets his choice in the middle of the game, he can change it without restarting the game. The protagonist can be modified as desired, since it will be possible to redo his haircut, beard size or tattoos. It’s up to you to be the hero or heroine you like.
We will of course update this file when the game delivers new information. Are you expecting Assassin’s Creed Valhalla? Do you plan to play it? Tell us in the comments !