Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Release Date, Trailers, Character Customisation, Armour, Tombs, Weapons, Tattoos, Beard, Pre-order, Next-Gen, Graphics, Price, Gameplay, Plot, Theme, Map & more

The Viking era rpg is coming up fast! Here’s everything you need to know and more about the game.

by Oscar Dobbins
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After a two year break, Ubisoft is back with another Assassin’s Creed game and it’s fair to say that the gaming world is very excited!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will transport us to the Viking world, so keep reading as we outline everything we know about the upcoming game.

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Latest News – more AC footage 12th July?

Ubisoft gave a sneak peak at what to expect with their digital expo, Ubisoft Forward, taking place on 12 July.

The footage shows some beautiful Assassin’s Creed Valhalla shots, alongside what appears to be a new Watchdogs game.

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CHARGING AHEAD! Ubisoft’s digital expo could show us some long-awaited Assassin’s Creed Valhalla footage

With the last promise of a gameplay reveal going largely unanswered in the previous Inside Xbox event, we should expect to see far more gameplay this time around.

Ubisoft Forward will air on Sunday, 12 July at 12pm PDT / 8pm BST.

Release date

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has a release date window of Holiday 2020. There’s no exact date just yet, but we’ll be sure to update you when we hear more.

Platforms

That release date puts the game in line with the release of Next Gen consoles, with Valhalla set to be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Stadia, and PC.

READ MORE: Which consoles is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla coming to?

We believe that the game will be available from launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X, with Smart Delivery on Xbox allowing games purchased on Xbox One to become available for free on Series X thanks to your Xbox library.

Next Gen Remastered

Those expecting an enhanced experience if they go straight to Next Gen consoles may be slightly disappointed.

The tagline “Enhanced for Series X” has been repeatedly issued by the Xbox team, and there will be improvements to games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but don’t expect to receive an overwhelming improvement in graphics for a start.

Price

No price as yet been released for Next-Gen platforms, but the Standard Edition of the game costs £59.99 on PS4 & Xbox One direct from Ubisoft

The PC version is slightly cheaper at £49.99.

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GOING GOLD – Plenty of versions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are already available to pre-order

This does pose the question of how expensive the game will be on PS5 and Xbox Series X – possibly £69.99 or more.

READ MORE: What is “Smart Delivery” on Xbox Series X?

However, with Microsoft announcing that if a game is already in your Xbox library, you can also play it on Series X for no additional cost thanks to Smart Delivery.

There are cheaper prices available on the web, most notably Amazon, but ensure you check the postage and packaging!

Editions

Unlike other games, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming with a whopping six editions you can choose.

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ALL OUT – You get a whole load of goodies in the Collector’s Edition

As well as the Standard Edition, there’s a Gold Edition, Ultimate Edition and Collector’s Edition.

It doesn’t stop there with UK retailer GAME having an exclusive Drakkar Edition on sale, and Amazon offering a Limited Edition.

READ MORE: All the various Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Editions

Each comes at a different cost, and includes different content packs and features.

Regardless of the Edition you purchase, if you pre-order, it will include a bonus mission.

Pre-order

So if you do decide to guarantee your copy of the game so you’re able to play it as soon as possible, look no further!

We’ve put together a pre-order guide, which breaks down exactly what is in each Edition of the title.

There are special in-game bonuses available, which are well worth checking out – not to mention access to the latest content with the Season Pass too.

READ MORE: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Pre-order Guide

Trailer

The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer was unveiled on Thursday, 30 April 2020.

Despite not showing in-game gameplay, the graphics are incredible and give us some insight into what’s ahead of us in Valhalla.

Gameplay trailer

We’ve finally got our first taste of gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and seen it in all its next-gen glory.

The gameplay was premiered on the Xbox Series X thanks to the most recent Inside Xbox stream.

The trailer tricked fans into thinking they were simply watching cinematics, but according to the developers, this footage was all in-game.

Theme

The theme for the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise was revealed the day before the trailer in unique faction.

A periscope feed of an official graphic was made of eight hours, which slowly revealed that there was a Viking theme to this year’s game.

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GET READY – This is the first look we had at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

It has since been revealed that the game will take place in both Norway and the old kingdoms of England.

Plot

When you dig deeper, the initial trailer reveals plenty.

The narrator is believed to be King Alfred the Great, who dealt with the Vikings during the 9th Century.

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REVEAL YOURSELF – Is this King Alfred the Great?

He finally made an agreement with the Vikings, but not after significant bloodshed.

The official Ubisoft site reads:

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you are Eivor, a fierce Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory.

Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages.

Raid your enemies, grow your settlement and build your political power in your quest to earn your place among the gods in Valhalla.

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READ MORE: What we know about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Plot

In the trailer, Eivor is male, but you do have the choice to play as a female Eivor instead.

If you want to find out even more details about the characters, head to the Assassin’s Creed Fandom page.

Map 

The Sailing mechanic from the much-loved game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (& Rogue) looks to be back.

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SETTING SAIL – Get ready to conquer the waters much like Black Flag

A small section of the trailer sees the Vikings step off their boats, so expect some sailing missions and even some raids attacking the mainland.

Locations

Fans of the series are focusing a lot of attention on how the next map could turn out.

Luckily one of the game’s developers in an interview with Game Informer, shared some more details on what to expect.

He says the map will focus on four major kingdoms of England. They are; Wessex, Northumbria, East Anglia and Mercia.

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BACK IN TIME – Valhalla’s London will look very different to the one we saw in Syndicate

This includes three major cities – London, Winchester and Jórvík (which is York in modern-day language).

The iconic UK landmark Stonehenge will also appear in the game, which was already 4,000 years old during Alfred the Great’s reign.

READ MORE: Everything we know about Assassin Creed Valhalla’s Maps & Location

You also have the option to return to Viking’s homeland of Norway at any time.

Tombs

While we don’t have any official word on whether there will be tombs in the title, we can make some assumptions based on the previous instalments.

Tombs did feature in both Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, so it could be likely that they are in this title too.

In AC Odyssey there were 22 tombs to discover, so we expect roughly the same to appear in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

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TOMB AHOY! Explore the vast word and be rewarded handsomely

Rewards for finding tombs and navigating through them range from some serious loot all the way to an extra skill-point, so they are well worth hunting down.

Weapons

The most epic aspect of combat in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will not be the use of a classic Viking axe, but the fact you can dual wield weapons.

According to a developer commentary, creative director Ashraf Ismail said:

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DOUBLING UP – Why settle for just one Axe when you can have two?

“Dual wielding is a big part of the game and it’s very open – you can pretty much dual wield all combinations of weapons that we have. If you want to dual wield two shields, we’ll let you do that.”

Although we don’t know the full extent of weapons in your arsenal, this does open up plenty of combinations.

Confirmed weapons

Here is a list of weapons confirmed for Valhalla, as found on the official Fandom page:

Gameplay

The game has been said to have an RPG (Role Playing Game) style class system as well as a skill tree system similar to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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LEVEL UP – The skill tree was first seen in Odyssey

These RPG based changes have also caused a change to the way the player navigates the world, with the removal of level-based region locks the player will be able to go wherever, whenever they like with no restrictions. 

Character Customisation

Character Customisation

In a recent interview with Washington Post, Ashraf Ismail revealed a load of new details on the customisability of Eivor. 

Gear & Armour

Ismail revealed that gear will work much the same as in Origins and Odyssey.

READ MORE: How long is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?

Eivor’s armour will be broken into five separate pieces – we assume this will be made up of a hood/helmet, chest piece, bottoms, arm accessories and footwear.

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FIGHT IN STYLE: Eivor’s gear aesthetic will be highly customisable

Ismail stated that all gear will be unique and the aesthetic of your gear will chance when upgraded.

READ MORE: Create your own Mercenary in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

In addition, players will have the option to swap out the visuals of their gear for a different aesthetic, whilst retaining the armour and abilities of the item.

Hair & Beard

One disappointment of the last two Assassin’s Creed games was the lack of physical customisation, rather than just your gear loadout.

READ MORE: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Characters: Protagonist, Female lead & more

Well, Ismail has revealed that there will be a vast selection of hair and beard styles to choose from when customising Eivor.

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FRESH FADE: Both Eivor’s hair and beard can be customised

Furthermore, players will even be able to customise the colour of Eivor’s hair.

Tattoos & War Paint

Much the same as Eivor’s hair, gamers will also be able to choose from a huge array of tattoos and war paints for their character.

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PREPARE FOR BATTLE: Both war paint and tattoos can be used to create a unique character

Evidently, you’ll be able to make your Eivor truly unique, adding even more immersion to the game.

Next Gameplay Reveal

With the first gameplay reveal in the bag, we’re already counting down to the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla next gameplay reveal.

It’s yet to be confirmed when the reveal could take place, but with a long marketing campaign ahead of Ubisoft, it’s likely we’ll see some more footage in the future.

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MORE TO SEE: In-depth gameplay is on the horizon

‘In-depth gameplay’ was stated to be on the cards by Ashraf Ismail, Creative Director for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, in a tweet following the event.

Game length

Judging on the other games increasing length, Assassin’s Creed Valahalla could clock in at over 70+ hours – and that’s just a prediction for the main story.

With Odyssey taking over 70 hours to complete, with a staggering 50 hours more for a completionist run – it looks like we’re set for a very immersive experience yet again.

Even more of an RPG?

The game could add onto the RPG mechanics it showcased in more recent instalments.

Customisation, being able to play a female or male Eivor even growing your settlement all feature.

Not to mention the impact your decisions make on the narrative.

READ MORE: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Xbox Series X Gameplay Reveal

Co-op

The cooperative style gameplay from Assassin’s Creed: Unity is expected to return, with a ‘drop-in / drop-out’ multiplayer system to give more flexibility when trying to play with friends.

Cross-platform

Although, there has been no information given regarding cross-platform, cross-gen has been rumoured – this means people playing on PS4 can play with people on PS5 and vice versa.

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NOT MUCH TO GO ON: This leaked image doesn’t give much away, but gives us a sneak preview of the Viking theme

By the time the game releases later this year, cross-platform could be a feature seen in multiple AAA titles, so watch this space.

READ MORE: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Trailer COUNTDOWN – What we know about the upcoming Reveal

Oscar Dobbins