Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Official Gameplay – Ubisoft Forward
Today, if you have had spare four hours to watch the Ubisoft Forward digital conference, Ubisoft announced that the next instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, will release worldwide on November 17, 2020.
The gameplay walkthrough was hosted by Youssef Maguid from Ubisoft News and Philippe Bergeron, the Quest Director for Assassins Creed Valhalla. The trailer starts off midway through an end story bone crunching battle for East Anglia with the female version of Eivor. The gameplay looks intense and exciting throughout the footage.
The 30mins of gameplay captures many of the different activities that will be available to the player throughout their own Viking adventure from epic castle battles, long boat raids, settlement development, boss battles, enemy mechanics, combat mechanics and much, much more.
The gameplay will look very familiar to anyone who’s played Assassins Creed Odyssey with what looks like a similar skill progression system. Eight distinct skills can be seen on the player HUD which I can only assume allows the player to mix up special attacks to suit their play style. There was mention of less weapons available which meant players could specialise, or hone their skills to a particular set up. Exploration is encouraged to unlock unique items or skills throughout the journey. It appears player choice will have significant impact on the storyline and eventual outcome of Eivors fate. AC Odyssey introduced player choice to the franchise with multiple endings available depending on what choices the player made but I have a feeling that AC Valhalla is going to take that a whole different level.
Veteran players will be happy to hear that eagle vision, or Odin’s eye in AC Valhalla is back to highlight points of interest for the player. There was a lot of emphases on the crew and it looked to me like AC Valhalla is taking a leaf from AC Origins where the player can recruit members to their long boat and raiding party that will give the player certain benefits whilst raiding. Players can even recruit a cat….
I know there are very conflicting opinions on the way developers have taken the Assassins Creed franchise since Odyssey but to be honest I don’t mind the changes and enjoyed AC Odyssey and the gameplay changes it brought with it. I am glad to see the some of the old mechanics such as crowd stealth, parkour challenges and of course the hidden blade making a return and I’m looking forward to jumping in and experiencing my own Viking adventure on November 17th. You can watch the full 30min trailer below. See you all in the Halls of Valhalla!!
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, will release worldwide on November 17, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store on Windows PC, as well as on UPLAY, Ubisoft’s subscription service and Stadia.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when they launch the new consoles. Players who purchase Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade their game to the next-gen version at no additional cost. I did have hopes that the next gens would be released early November but given Ubisoft are offering free upgrades I’m not sure that will be the case.
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