Assassins Creed: Valhalla has Invaded
Manila, Philippines – Ubisoft’s journey of delivering a brand-new experience to its Assassins Creed fans continues with an announcement, of a new Assassins Creed game called Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. This will be the 3rd wave in the franchise’s revamped RPG mechanics for the franchise that was introduced back in 2017 with Origins and the critically celebrated Odyssey last 2018.
If Origins took us to the Ptolemaic era of Egypt and Odyssey took us a few hundred years earlier in the middle of the Peloponnesian War in Ancient Greece, Valhalla will have us sailing to the 9th Century with The Great Heathen Army and their invasion of the 4 Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.
According to the trailer and details about the world from Ubisoft, we’ll embark in the age of King Aelfred the Great of Wessex and his quest to unite the four kingdoms under the banner of England. This was a tumultuous time for the British Isles. A country divided by ideals, territories, and kings that are only strengthened and held together by their Christian faith. Their fragile alliance was shattered as the Danes enter the fray and invade their domain. A new enemy with beliefs far from their own, the Danes appear as hellspawn demons out to destroy the Christian world with their heathen ways through death and destruction. To some, these events seemed like the end times.
The trailer suggests that King Aelfred declares war against the invaders, whether the decision is his or influenced by another shadowy organization (which is a staple in the Assassin’s Creed franchise) is still unclear but it really does seem that Wessex and the rest of the Anglo-Saxons are the enemy and we are the Danes or rather the Vikings in this game.
Although historically, Danish invaders were the dominant force that’s frequently mentioned in chronicles and accounts written at the time, our hero Eivor, comes from Norway. Probably part of several independent clans from the Scandinavian region that went sailing with the Danes for plunder, profit or glory. It is too early to say what our hero’s motivation will be in joining the Viking raids but it would safe to say his mindset would like the people of the 16th to 17th century Colonial period of the New World.
According to Ubisoft, the franchise will continue the RPG style of both Origins and Odyssey. So basically, the Souls-like combat, Bioware inspired dialogue and Diablo-esque item drops complete with armor and weapon rating that we love will continue. Ubisoft also emphasized a more customizable armor look in Valhalla compared to the much-praised Odyssey. This will excite players that are aiming to create a more aesthetically pleasing Viking in their games.
Combat and weapons have also been revamped to accommodate a much-awaited feature in the franchise which is Dual Wielding. Vikings are known for their versatile and adaptive nature in handling weapons so it only seems right to give our hero dual-wielding capabilities.
It was also announced that Ubisoft is bringing back a feature from way back Assassin’s Creed II, settlements. This will give players a sort of base of operations between quests. Improving your settlement like AC II is also key to provide your assassin with an edge during your missions. Catering as always to being historically accurate, Ubisoft even stated in the trailer that Vikings did not only pillaged and burned Saxon settlements but made settlements of their own. How that idea plays out in detail into the game is up to the creative ideals of the people at Ubisoft once more.
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It seems fitting that the AC franchise is releasing Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, in a time where popular media is still not done with telling stories of Vikings and their mysterious sagas.
With History Channel’s Vikings ending Ragnar and his Son’s 6 season-long journey and Netflix’s The Last Kingdom still captivating its audience with Uhtred of Bebbanburg’s story, it’s easy to say that long time fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise are now prepped and ready to enter the Viking Age.
Assassins Creed: Valhalla is now available for pre-order and will release on PC, current-gen platforms like PS4 and Xbox One, and next-generation platforms XBOX: Series X and PS5 on Holiday 2020.