The raven of the great Odin! Judging from the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reveal, it seems like the series’ year-long hiatus was worth the wait. They’re still early doors, but our first hands-on time with Valhalla has us excited to grow out our shaggy beards, cover ourselves in tattoos, and go slaying Templars across England.
The new game Assassin’s Creed sees you playing as a male or female (you can freely switch between the two) Viking named Eivor, who leads a clan of Norse soldiers to England as they flee conflict and dwindling resources in his native Norway. Your goal is to secure a foothold in England, a land of fractured kingdoms, leading raids in search of vital resources, turning your village into a fortress, and fighting the Saxons who challenge them. Personalization seems to be a key feature of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – you’ll be able to completely alter your raider’s appearance, from hairstyles and facial features, to tattoos, and how your ship looks.
Join us as we take a look at everything you need to know about this Viking Assassin’s Creed, from the release date of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, to what we know about combat and the map.
What is the release date for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?
The release date for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is November 10, 2020.
This comes directly from a Ubisoft press release along with a ton of details on upcoming Xbox Series S and X releases.
Valhalla’s release date was initially revealed as November 17 in an official Italian Assassin’s Creed Instagram post, which was subsequently removed.
Where can you get Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on your PC?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming to Windows PC exclusively on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. There’s no mention of an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Steam release there, so it looks like PC gamers will have to head to Uplay or the Epic Games Store for this one.
Where is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla set?
The setting for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is England during the 9th century. The demo we played was set in 873 AD, to be more specific.
Your clan of Viking raiders flees Norway in search of richer lands and reaches the shores of England at a time when the land is divided into Saxon kingdoms. This is known as the Heptarchy and describes the period when Anglo-Saxon England was made up of seven kingdoms: Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Wessex, Sussex, and Kent.
The villain shown to us in the cinematic trailer is King Aelfred of Wessex, so it is possible that the Map of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla It will be based primarily on the south coast of England and see players make their way to Wessex while defeating Aelfred’s forces. Of course, it is possible that the map is simply a reduced version of England.
If you watch the video above, you will get some more details about the Valhalla map. The main reveals are that the main story of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla begins in 873 AD and that the map will include Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, and East Anglia. In an interview with BBC Click, former Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail also says that he will be spending a considerable amount of time in Norway and will be able to explore UK cities such as London, York and Winchester.
Our hands-on time with the game took place in a part of the East Anglia region and included many notable locations such as Norwich, Great Yarmouth, and Sutton Hoo. Particular attention has also been paid to smaller settlements like Elmenham and Theotford, which East Anglians may recognize as North Elmham and Thetford. We have also seen places like Medeshamstede, which is present-day Peterborough, and Wenlocan, which is the town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire.
Map of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
We’ve seen a glimpse of the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla map from a recent game trailer.
The trailer is then shown a bit more revealing the rest of the map of England.
Here is the complete list of regions that we will be able to visit in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (or the parts in English, at least):
- Notinghamscire (Nottinghamshire)
- Eurvicscire (Yorkshire)
- Lincolnscire (Lincolnshire)
- Sciropescire (Shropshire)
- Ledecestrescire (Leicestershire)
- Glowecestrescire (Gloucestershire)
- Grantebridescire (Cambridgeshire)
- East Anglia
- Oxenefordscire (Oxfordshire)
- Essexe (Essex)
- Hamtunscire (Hampshire)
- Wincestre (Winchester)
- Suthsexe (Sussex)
- Cent (Kent)
We also recently discovered that you will have the opportunity to visit the mythical realms of Asgard and Jotunheim during your adventure. Also, America will appear in at least one mission.
As with the previous two Assassin’s Creed games, the regions will have a suggested power level, which will discourage exploration too far from the start. There are also rewards for clearing each region.
Who is Eivor?
Eivor is the main protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Players can choose whether they want to play as a male or female Eivor at the beginning of the game, which is slightly different from Odyssey, where the choice between Kassandra and Alexios represented two different backstories. It seems like Eivor has more than one blank slate, so it will be interesting to see how Ubisoft ties Eivor’s Viking raider crew to Assassin’s Creed.
Is there any gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?
We’ve seen the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla much better thanks to the Ubisoft Forward game trailer released earlier, but it’s far from an adequate sample of what the game will actually look like when you play it.
This showcase gives us a much better idea of how the raids will work and suggests that we can lead raids freely while traversing the rivers of England. These raids will be helpful in developing and upgrading your Viking settlement, which will house your clan’s barracks, blacksmith, tattoo parlor, and an alliance map, showing you the allies you’ve created.
The overview also shows some of the enemy archetypes you’ll be facing, plus a look at some of the new combat skills. We also took a look at the dual-grip system, which lets you dream of just about any combo, even two shields.
Social stealth returns for the first time since the series’ revamp, allowing you to sneak into English-controlled settlements moving with crowds and performing mundane tasks to avoid suspicion, like preparing food.
Ubisoft also insists that you will need to search for food and supplies in the open world. The combat system requires food to replenish health, a bit like the Estus Flask recovery system from Dark Souls, so finding food in the woods is vital before starting a fight. Naturally there is a lot of hunting too, just watch out for bears and wolves. Legendary beasts return, with folk creatures like East Anglia’s Black Shuck making an appearance. There are also puzzles to solve in key places of pagan worship, and even some Abstergo interruptions that take the form of little parkour puzzles.
The Promised Raids are a twist on Odyssey’s battles of conquest, but they feature some neat interactions with fortress defenses, such as firing oil pots to burn enemies on the wall, using siege rams and ladders, and much more. .
You’ll also be able to do more relaxing activities like hunting, fishing, drinking games, and more, which should be a welcome change of pace.
There are also Viking rap battles in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, or Flyting if you want to use the correct term. These are pretty simple and require you to pick the correct counter to your opponent’s insults, making sure it rhymes as well.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Trailers
Here’s the first trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla:
Expect more details on what’s next for the Assassin’s Creed universe soon.
Additional reporting by Carrie Talbot