assassins creed valhalla

Assassin’s Creed is one of the most loved of gaming franchises, having delivered all manner of stunning experiences since the original dropped way back in 2007. Since that time we’ve traipsed all across Italy, worked our way through the streets of London, we’ve adventured through Greece, and we’ve hit the high seas in search of far flung lands. Hell, we’ve even had the chance to take a slow boat to China. Today though it’s all about going to Valhalla, as Ubisoft confirm first details of the next instalment in the franchise – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Due to release in Holiday 2020 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC across both the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store, and via Ubisoft’s subscription service, UPLAY+, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been created by the team behind Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Origins at Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla invites players to live the saga of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory.

Promising to deliver a captivating Viking experience, the game brings players to a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. In this latest iteration the franchise will be enhanced too as players can take advantage of new features including raids, growing their settlement, building their power and expanding their influence.

“We can’t wait for players to experience the incredible Viking journey ahead of them,” said Ashraf Ismail, Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. “Being in Eivor’s boots as both a Viking raider and a clan leader, players will face the conflicts of establishing a new home while in the midst of a power struggle for control of England.”

In Valhalla you will be able to choose to play as either a male or female Eivor, along with having access to customisation tools including the ability to customize hair, tattoos, war paint and gear. Further to that, political alliances, combat decisions, and dialogue choices can influence the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so you will need to choose wisely to protect your clan’s home and future.

Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in the ninth century AD, players will lead Eivor’s clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms. It’ll be up to you to carve out a new future for your own clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before. To secure resources players can lead raids to select locations using their longship to earn much-needed riches and resources. As the Vikings begin to settle in their new home, they encounter resistance from the Saxons including King Aelfred of Wessex, who denounces them as heathens and looks to be the sole ruler of a civilized England. Against all odds, Eivor must do what is necessary to keep Valhalla within reach.

So that’s the game, but additionally, the Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s Editions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla have also been announced as well as the Ubicollectibles products. Details as follows:

  • The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Season Pass.
  • The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass and the Ultimate Pack giving access to players to exclusive customisation content: the Berserker Gear Pack, the Berserker Settlement Pack, the Berserker Longship Pack, along with a Set of Runes to improve weapons or gears.
  • The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, the Ultimate Pack, the high-end Ubicollectibles replica of Eivor and her Drakkar (height: 30cm), a Collector’s Case, a Steelbook® with a unique artwork, a numbered certificate of authenticity, a Viking Statuette of Eivor with his raven and Dane axe (height: 5cm), exclusive lithographs as well as a Selected Soundtrack of the game. The Collector’s Edition is available exclusively on the Ubisoft Store.

And then if you wish to go really deep with AC Valhalla, the standalone Ubicollectibles products will include the Eivor Wolf-Kissed Figurine and his Hidden Blade Replica.

But that’s not all and those who pre-order Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will receive – at launch – an additional mission The Way of the Berserker, in which you will join a legendary Norse Berserker on his quest for revenge, while those looking to go deeper still will be able to step even further into the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with the original novel published by Penguin Random House. That is available for pre-order right now.

So, Assassin’s Creed is back and with Ubisoft going the route of Valhalla, hopes are high indeed. But what do you think? Will you be heading back into the remarkable worlds that Ubi create? Let us know in the comments.

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