It’s been quite a few years since the Assassin’s Creed franchise has steered away from stealth. The fans had a mixed response when they robbed the characters of their hooded gowns and stabby wristbands and changed them into outright devils, slaughtering folks in broad daylight.
But AC Odyssey showed us how much fun a good RPG game can be; it also cleared the storyboard for a better representation of the lore. Although Assassin’s Creed Valhalla doesn’t promise the stealthy and stabbing nature like its non-RPG brethren, it does come with a hidden blade. And that’s more than enough to make us happy.
1) The game is set after AC Origins and before the first Assassin’s Creed
If you’re still following the franchise, then it’s clear that ever since AC Origins, the RPG gameplay is here to stay. Deal with it. Now it's taking place in England in the 9th century and that sits after AC Origins and before Assassin’s Creed (Altair one) in the timeline.
Norway is hella cold and plagued with nasty wars and dwindling resources. So our character, Eivor, has travelled to England in order to find a new place to call home.
2) It’s an RPG and the choice is yours
Much like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, this open world game will have politics, choices and two characters. Well, the character Eivor can be represented as a male or a female. So it’s essentially one character who is also the leader of his/her clan. Again, there’s a promise that your choices and political alliances will steer the story. Hopefully, there’ll be more impact from those choices than we had in Odyssey.
3) Hidden blade is back
It’s pretty obvious from the trailer that the hidden blade exists and that this Viking clan leader has one on his hand. It’s not a bottom mounted one like Ezio’s or Altair’s but springs out from the top part of the bracer.
Nevertheless, you can use stealth to take down enemies; however, Vikings are not exactly the type to sit around in tall grass and hop out like a lethal bunny. Nope. That’s why the game has dual-wielding combat with axes, swords and shields. You can even decapitate enemies.
4) Play Age of Empires with it
This time Assassin’s Creed is going a step ahead with its RPG mechanics. Adding a layer of settlement building. You can construct and upgrade buildings like barracks, blacksmith, tattoo parlor, and more.
Recruit new members to join in on the stabby fun and raid Saxon troops and fortresses. You can even push surprise assault from your longship and pillage enemy territories for riches and resources for your settlement.
5) Who doesn’t love Mini games?
Hunting seemed to be the only option in the previous titles, but not any more. There’s hunting, fishing, drinking games and more to immerse yourself, Viking style.
The existence of longboats indicate that naval battles will be a part of the experience. After all, the folks from Blackflag and Origins have worked on this one. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is going to launch around (mostly before) Christmas. A confirmed date is still not out yet.