The highly anticipated launch trailer for the new Assassins Creed adventure is here and in true Ubisoft and Assassin Creed fashion it was one hell of a reveal trailer. Ubisoft also released many details on what players can expect from this Norse themed Assassin Creed.
Some of the key features that Ubisoft have released with reveal trailer include, immersive RPG mechanics allow the player to shape the growth of the character who we now know as Eivor, who can be played as either Male or Female. It appears the RPG mechanics will be similar to what players experienced in Assassin Creed Odyssey in which player decisions influence the story arc in a certain way throughout the game leading to multiple ending outcomes.
Players will be able to duel wield axes, swords, or even shields? unsure why that would be good idea but hey, why not? Players can decapitate foes at close range or bash them to death with two shields, take them out from long range or use the traditional stealthy game play Assassins Creed is famous for and assassinate foes with the hidden blade. Yes, the hidden blade is back but adorning the top of Eivors arm rather than under it. There was a lot of mixed feelings about Assassin Creed Odyssey not including the iconic hidden blade so it appears the developers have not made that mistake again.
ODEN IS WITH US!!Eivor
Creative Director Ashraf Ismail and Narrative Director Darby McDevitt who were both leads on Assassins Creed Revelations, Black Flag & Origins revealed in a trailer breakdown that Eivors story begins in Norway. From Norway it will progress from to the shores of England in 873 AD, roughly 80 years after Vikings first touched down in Lindisfarne, England. The player will be able to immerse themselves into Viking life through fishing, hunting, drinking games and more. I do enjoy being able to go out and hunt in RPG games like this, hopefully the developers have improved the overall experience in Assassins Creed Valhalla because it was very lack lustre in Assassins Creed Odyssey, if you compare it to more recent titles like Red Dead Redemption 2’s hunting system.
The player will be able launch large scale assaults against Saxon troops and fortresses throughout England, I imagine this will be vast upgrade in mechanics from what players saw in Assassins Creed Odyssey. At the time is was one of the first games to try introduce large scale battles in third person view, and whilst fun at first became quite mundane and almost chore like very quickly. Hopefully the developers have built on that mechanic to deliver a truly epic battle mode that will have players returning again and again. Players will also be able to lead their Viking Clan in surprise attacks in longships and raid enemy territories to bring back the spoils to your settlement.
The player will be able to customise and upgrade their own settlement which will include recruiting new members upgrading barracks, blacksmithing, tattoo parlors and more. The player will be able to customise their own Viking raider within their clan and use it with friends online, which indicates there will be online multiplayer available in Assassin Creed Valhalla but details are still out on that.
Ubisoft have announced Assassin Creeds Valhalla will be launching in Summer 2020 and is available on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 so I would expect we will see this in Nov/Dec in Australia. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on this Viking fantasy and start raiding England. If you are yet to see the reveal trailer you can find it here. Stay up to date with all the Assassins Creed Valhalla news at MEF Tech. See you all in the halls of Valhalla!