Today Ubisoft announced the next entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Based on the revealed concept art it appears that the game will follow Viking warriors, and thus will take place sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries. Unveiled in slow motion over the course of a Photoshop stream by BossLogic, this Norse backdrop had been rumored for some time but has finally been confirmed.
This reveal partially corroborates previous leaks which stated that the game would take place during this time period. Those leaks also stated that the next game would continue the series’ recent trend of utilizing RPG mechanics and that it would be released for next-generation consoles as well as current ones. Naval combat in the vein of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was also rumored, as well as the return of NPC recruitment like what was found in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Other alleged content includes a focus on Norse mythology, four-player co-op, and the continuation of a customizable protagonist with male/female options. The raven in the key art implies the presence of Odin, the head of the Norse pantheon, who used ravens to gather information. The subtitle also seems to indicate that Norse mythology will be involved, as Valhalla is the paradise that brave warriors are sent to when they die in the Norse mythos.
While a release date was not announced, leaks stated that the game was previously slated for a September 2020 release. This would mark a roughly two-year gap between this new release and the previous entry, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. While Assassin’s Creed has been an annualized franchise for much of its history, this would mark the second time over the past three releases in which there was a two year gap between major entries in the series.
We likely won’t have to wait long to confirm the veracity of these rumors, as a full premiere trailer will drop tomorrow at 8AM PDT.