Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an upcoming role-playing action game developed by Ubisoft Montréal. The twelfth major iteration in the series is a succession to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and is set to improve upon the formula of its predecessor.
Valhalla is set in 873 AD when overpopulation leads the Vikings in search of new land to conquer and settle in. During this massive exploration period our protagonist, Eivor, leads his clan against the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England, as well as formidable leaders and commanders including even Alfred the Great, while also getting tangled into a conflict between the Hidden Ones and the Order of Ancients.
This game continues the formula set off by its predecessors, while still incorporating different RPG and role-playing elements to enrich its world. Eivor, in Valhalla, can be played as a male or female depending on the player’s choice, The eagle vision will return in the form of “ Odin Sight” and this time the player’s scouting companion will be a raven named Synin (meaning insight in old Norse). The social stealth concept of hiding in crowds is also going to have a comeback, with some nice touches as pretending to be dead or using Synin to distract people.
The combat mechanics have also been improved. One new addition is the ability to dual wields almost any set of weapons. This is going to come in handy when facing the game’s 25 unique enemy archetypes, which is the most out of any Assassin’s Creed game. The new enemies will not only possess new and interesting abilities but also show personality in using them, such as aggressiveness or defensiveness.
Evior will also rely more on a skill tree system rather than the traditional leveling system. This has long term implications not only in combat but how the character interacts with other new mechanics. The player is also going to have the opportunity to enjoy not only interesting main quests but also dynamic side quests. Added additions such as raids, assault, and the creation of mercenary companies, Jomsvikings, ensure that Assassin’s creed is full of things to do while exploring its world.
The series will also return to the settlement mechanic last seen in Black Flag and improve upon it. New diplomatic relationships such as marriage or alliance with different tribes and rulers play a crucial role in the settlement prospering as the players will need to focus on long term tactics and not just maraud their ways using brute force and long-ships.
The new iteration of Assassin’s Creed is a game deserving of the hype, but all that raiding and plundering will have to wait until November 17, 2020, when the game is expected to be released.