Is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla an RPG? Gameplay, details, lore, plot, armour, weapons, & more

The action packed trailer is out, but one question springs to mind – is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla an RPG?

by Ramzi Musa
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The hype surrounding Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is certainly ramping up and after the epic action packed trailer was revealed.

Fans are sure to be asking, ‘Is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla an RPG?’

You’d be forgiven if the footage made you think otherwise, as a predominate portion contains large battle scenes and brutal finishers.

However, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is indeed an RPG, but it also takes things even further into the genre with the latest edition.

Let’s take a look at how Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks to have even more RPG elements than its predecessors.

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Is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla an RPG?

Briefly – what makes an RPG or role-playing game? Well, there are a few features and mechanics that are an absolute must.

Firstly, you’ve got to control a character and their decisions as you navigate through the narrative. Put simply – you’re in charge of how to play the game and the choices you make.

RPG’s also have a great deal of customisation. This can be either choosing a race, gender, build, or even backstory.

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And let’s not forget the all-important combat and playstyle. RPG’s usually allow a lot of freedom in creating your ideal character. Stealth, agility even brute strength can all be accommodated.

With this in mind, is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla an RPG?

Choices you make affect the story

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla your choices affect the story.

Yes, you’ll be able to take part in raids, but you can also have success with diplomacy.

Make alliances with neighbouring clans or sway politicians, each decision looks set to have a lasting effect on the story.

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A true RPG trait, with other games in the genre being noted for incredibly difficult decisions that split gaming communities around the world! (The Witcher anyone?)

Perhaps the pen is mightier than the axe?

Customisation

The game offers players the decision whether to play the game as female or male Eivor.

This is a great starting point for people to have their say in how they want to experience the game.

Both characters look awesome from what we’ve seen. Judging by the last entry in the series the differences could extend only to the cosmetic rather than skills & gameplay.

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Customisation doesn’t stop there however. As with the last games, you’ll likely have access to different armour which will give your character their unique feel.

Fancy walking the villages in a menacing attire to strike fear into anyone who passes by? Or perhaps you’ll want to come across more approachable and diplomatic?

Again – the choice is yours.

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Combat and play-style

When it comes to really making a character your own, some could argue that the best place to start is your play-style.

Assassin’s Creed in general is a mix of stealth, combat and recently, large scale battles. Players can use a number of weapons with different advantages and disadvantages.

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Take the spear for instance. Fantastic at keeping enemies at a distance, but not too great at causing damage one on one.

Two swords may be the ultimate in fast attacks, but kiss your defense goodbye now that you’ve chosen a sword over a shield.

Similarly, ranged attacks and stealthy take-downs are all well and good, but what happens when you’re caught in the middle of battle!

The options are literally endless with Assassin’s Creed. If you’re going in knowing how you play – the game has you covered.

If you fancy discovering a new play-style – it’s got your back there too.

Settlement Management

One feature Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has in store for us is the ability to manage our settlements.

The player will take part in raids for essential resources and supplies. If you look in the first part of the trailer, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the Viking communities.

This ‘bigger picture’ mechanic is a calling card of an RPG – and a great one at that.

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Mechanics like this all play into the theme that your decisions are bigger than yourself. They affect not only the story, but the characters around you.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla plot & lore

We now know that AC Valhalla is set in the time of King Alfred the Great’s reign as he fought off the Great Heathen Army of Norway.

That means we’ll be playing as Eivor somewhere in the years 871 to 899.

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Throughout Alfred’s reign, there are two significant moments that we can assume Ubisoft might have decided to base the Valhalla story around.

One is the Vikings eventually settling north-eastern England and becoming the “Danelaw” region. The other is the death of King Alfred – will we be the ones to see off the legendary monarch?

Ramzi Musa