After yesterday’s livestream event which confirmed the setting and title of the next Assassin’s Creed game, Ubisoft has today shared the debut cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a Viking-themed successor to 2018’s Odyssey.
The 4-minute trailer depicts the conflict between the Viking invaders and the forces of Alfred the Great that occupied Anglo-Saxon England during this period. Setting a notably darker tone than Odyssey, a brooding rendition of “The Soul of a Man” backs some striking imagery of Viking daily life before following their journey to the shores of England.
Culminating in a chaotic, blood-thirsty skirmish between the opposing sides, protagonist Eivor witness an apparition of Odin which marks a turn in the tide of battle. Employing the assassin’s signature hidden blade, Eivor emerges victorious, striking fear into the hearts of Alred’s men and igniting the ongoing struggle at the core of Valhalla’s story.
Details on the game’s website confirm the game will have you leading raids and growing your settlement as you wage war against the English forces. Returning features including advanced RPG mechanics and visceral combat seem to build upon Odyssey’s core gameplay while sim aspects that put a greater focus on customisation hark back earlier entries in the series. Additionally, based upon the game’s collector’s edition, it appears the option to pick between a male or female protagonist returns from Odyssey, allowing players to choose the sex of their Eivor.
While we’re yet to see gameplay, both this trailer and the a generous amount of gameplay details that have been shared thus far should tide us over until further more information is inevitably shared in the coming weeks and months leading up to launch.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla releases Holiday 2020 for both PS4 and PS5.
Several versions of the PS4 game are available for pre-order from the Ubisoft store including standard, gold, ultimate and collector’s editions.