Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: A new step for the franchise?
Assassin’s Creed has returned once again with the latest in their franchise- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla which is all set to release soon on ‘Holiday 2020’ with no exact release date as of now. After a really bombastic trailer on April 30th we saw a familiar mechanics returning including the iconic hidden blade. However, Valhalla will have more new mechanics expanding on the new RPG direction of the Assassins’ Creed games which saw its debut in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with Ubisoft claiming that player will be able to ‘grow and shape’ their own characters. Players will be able to explore 9th century England as they play as either a male or female version of Elvior, the new protagonist. It is yet to be seen whether this choice has an effect on the story. The game will take place mostly in 9th Century England and players will have a settlement which they have to take care of and upgrade. Large scale conquest battles will return along with new diplomacy mechanics where new alliances with other factions or regions can be forged. Ship mechanics return with the new longboats which allow players to travel and raid Saxon villages. Combat will be brutal and visceral in tandem with the Viking theme with different enemy types including normal ones and heavy ones that have special weak points. Weapons can now be dual wielded and there are also throwing axes which provide a ranged option. There will be a sort of co-op option where players will make their own special Viking raiders which they can share with friends or use in their own raids. Ubisoft confirms that Romance options also return along with the modern-day storyline of Laila Hassan. King Alfred the Great of Wessex who appears in the trailer is a clear antagonist although it is yet to be seen how the artifacts of Eden appear in the storyline. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available on the Epic Games store, and on the current and next generation of consoles with Microsoft confirming smart delivery support with a gameplay trailer on Xbox Series X airing on May 7th.