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Assassins Creed Valhalla Announced, Set In The Viking Age

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At the end of the livestream revealing the setting of the next Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft announced the game’s official title: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. A full trailer is scheduled to release tomorrow, April 30, at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

As previously rumored, Valhalla takes place during The Viking Age. Occurring between the ninth and eleventh centuries, The Viking Age occurs roughly 100-400 years prior to the events of the original Assassin’s Creed. That could mean that this game will continue the origin stories of how the Hidden Ones and The Order of Ancients went on to become the Assassin Brotherhood and Templar Order, respectively–a narrative first started in Origins and continued in Odyssey.

The finished artwork revealing the setting for Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
The finished artwork revealing the setting for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

In the artwork used to announce Valhalla’s setting, a Viking warrior separates two different scenes. On the left, you see Viking raiders sailing in longboats and on the right you see Viking raiders attacking English soldiers. The Viking warrior in the middle is holding an axe, with the symbol of the Assassin Brotherhood engraved into its blade. Additionally, there is a raven flying over the shoulder of the Viking, which could suggest the bird takes on the in-game role of reconnaissance that the eagles Senu and Ikaros did in Origins and Odyssey, respectively. In Norse mythology, ravens are seen as the eyes of Odin–so getting a drone-like view of the world through one would fit into the Viking theme of Valhalla.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be the first new game in the series since 2018’s Odyssey. Instead of returning to the franchise’s typical annual release schedule, Ubisoft instead used 2019 to further flesh out Odyssey with two massive DLC expansions, Legacy of the First Blade and The Fate of Atlantis. Both DLCs were split into three episodes each and together all six chapters almost doubled the length of Odyssey’s story.

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