Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Gameplay Revealed
Ubisoft reveal the first-look gameplay for the next highly anticipated instalment in the Assassin's Creed series.
JULY 12th, 2020
bisoft have revealed their first look at the gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Showcased on the Ubisoft Forward event, the latest instalment of the hugely popular game series looks set to take things back to basics.
With the leaked released date now confirmed, fans will be able to experience the world of the Viking Eivor, November 17, 2020.
Taking the world of Assassin’s Creed into the age of Vikings allowed developers to look at new ways to change elements of the gameplay. With a revamped fight system and differing weapons, Eivor can use harpoons, throw axes and stun enemies. Gamers will also be able to duel any two weapons, including two shield if you wish. Ubisoft have stated that the new system is their most advanced and authentic yet.
One of the main critics of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the reliance on exploration to further the narrative of the game. Valhalla will step back from this, ensuring that gamers will be able to pick and choose when and how they explore the impressive landscapes. From the rolling hills of England, the mountainous terrain of Norway, to Pagan temples and landmarks, Eivor will be able to raid locations (including coastal towns), steal cargo and battle enemies. The developers ensured that the natural elements were authentic by visiting Norway and England, and also speaking to historians to discover what Vikings were really like.
Similar to Odyssey, the character of Eivor can be both male or female, allowing fans to choose their preference. Whichever gender you choose, the story will be a personal journey, seeing the Viking decide to abandon Norway and sail across the North Sea to England.
The main enemies will be Anglo Saxons and your crew will assist in tackling large armies, capture settlements and loot bounty. Valhalla will see the game series largest variety of enemies and each one will have unique and complex fighting styles to challenge the new combat system.
Throughout the game your own settlement will be vital to your success against the Saxons. With any bounty or money you make, your settlement will grow and greater access to blacksmiths, fortresses, etc, will be at you disposals. The most important part of your settlement will be the alliance map which will inform you of your allies.
As well as the updated combat, a new stealth system is introduced. Eivor will use his/her cloak and hood to hide amongst enemies and take them out without raising the alarm. The gameplay pays homage to the unique selling point of the Assassin’s Creed series, which should keep fans happy.
For the first time since the original games, Valhalla will delve into the supernatural using Norse mythology and Saxon myths to add a sense of peril and magic to Eivor’s story.
The game looks set to be one of Ubisoft’s more impressive instalments, and whilst developing many new systems to improve the game’s overall experience, the unique and founding elements of Assassin’s Creed will be a relief for many to see return.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released on November 17, 2020 on Xbox Series X, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, PC and Stadia.
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