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
After two years of waiting, Ubisoft is finally returning with the next chapter in the popular franchise.
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.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has a release date window of Holiday 2020, with a previous rumoured September release date seemingly ruled out.
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.
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.
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?
There are cheaper prices available on the web, most notably Amazon, but ensure you check the postage and packaging!
Unlike other games, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming with a whopping six editions you can choose.
As well as the Standard Edition, there’s a Gold Edition, Ultimate Edition and Collector’s Edition.
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.
You can pre-order all the various editions straight away!
Head here to see all of Ubisoft’s Pre-order Options (from £49.99).
Head here to pre-order from Amazon (from £51.99).
Head here to pre-order from GAME (from £54.99).
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.
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.
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.
It has since been revealed that the game will take place in both Norway and the old kingdoms of England.
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.
He finally made an agreement with the Vikings, but not after significant bloodshed.
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.Ubisoft.com
If you want to find out even more details about the characters, head to the Assassin’s Creed Fandom page.
The Sailing mechanic from the much-loved game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (& Rogue) looks to be back.
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.
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.
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.
You also have the option to return to Viking’s homeland of Norway at any time.
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.
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.
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:
“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.
- Hidden Blade
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Ismail stated that all gear will be unique and the aesthetic of your gear will chance when upgraded.
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.
Well, Ismail has revealed that there will be a vast selection of hair and beard styles to choose from when customising Eivor.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
By the time the game releases later this year, cross-platform could be a feature seen in multiple AAA titles, so watch this space.