UPDATE: While taking notes, I somehow missed the release date of November 17th. The story has been updated with this info.
After a lot of leaks, we finally have real gameplay footage of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and there is a lot of it. During the Ubisoft Forward presentation, we received a chunk of gameplay in a trailer that describes the setting and ideas that make the latest entry in the franchise a little different. After the show, there is an extended gameplay discussion with even more details. I’ve added the gameplay trailer up top, and the extended gameplay look at the bottom.
In the game, you play the Viking Eivor. Eivor can be male or female and will lead an army to raid England. Using your longboat, you can raid an English village, burning, killing, and pillaging items to improve your settlement. That will give you access to more tools, and open new options for the player. The raids may start small, but you’ll be storming castles as you move deeper into the English countryside.
Outside the returning ability to make decisions in the game, there will be combat and stealth options as usual, but the weapons will be different. Valhalla lets you dual-wield any two weapons, including two shields. You will be able to use the throwable Viking harpoon and customize your overall fighting style.
The story will include supernatural elements from Viking and English folklore, and exploration will bring you face to face with some of these. Exploration is also very important to your success. You can find books to give you skills, animals to hunt, and materials to improve your Viking warrior’s equipment. Hunting and fishing will also improve your health, which we learned does not automatically regenerate in the game.
We’ll be able to play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on the PS4 and PS5 starting on November 17th.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.