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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Release date, gameplay and more

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With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla finally out in the open, we know exactly what Ubisoft’s next title is going to focus on: Vikings. Teased at first through an eight-hour-long Photoshopping session, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was officially announced on April 29, 2020. Shortly thereafter, we got to see a couple of official trailers.

As of now, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to launch on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Stadia and PC. It may very well be one of the best PC games we get out of 2020. We actually got to play the game ourselves. Check out our Assassin's Creed: Valhalla hands-on review.

As we wait for more reveals, here’s everything we know so far:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date

Assassin's Creed Valhalla was slated to launch during Holiday 2020, but has since been given an official release date: November 10, setting itself to launch with the Xbox Series X. The PS5 still has a Holiday 2020 release date, so it’s unclear when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on the PS5.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on next-gen consoles and current-gen consoles, so it's in the same situation Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was in. When it launched, Black Flag debuted on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 as well as the Xbox One and PS4.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla story trailer

Ubisoft first teased the reveal of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla by getting BossLogic to Photoshop the setting for roughly 8 hours. At the end of that stream, a date for the trailer was revealed, which went live on April 30, 2020. This is the cinematic trailer Ubisoft unveiled:

The trailer depicts a Viking Assassin battling out with England’s army. In the background, we hear the king of England talk about how the Vikings are brutal savages. However, we get close up shots of the Vikings enjoying their lives among family, and when raiding, sparing innocent people, which is an interesting contrast to how Vikings are typically depicted.

You play as the mighty Viking raider, Eivor, who can either be a male or female depending on what you choose. Your goal is to find a new home for your people, escaping Norway and landing smack onto England’s shores.

In the latest story trailer, we got a glimpse into how the Assassins actually end up recruiting Eivor as well as the rest of the Vikings, and it seems to be through Eivor's brother.

This is just a guess, but from the trailer, it seems like the Assassins manipulate the Vikings into pushing forward unto England in order to not only find a new home but fight the Templars on the Assassins' behalf.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer

A very non-gameplay “gameplay” reveal of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was showcased at an Inside Xbox event on May 7, 2020. The trailer showed off some gameplay from a very cinematic perspective, which didn’t really help highlight much. This is the “gameplay” trailer Ubisoft showcased:

As you could probably see, the lack of actual gameplay is jarring. Watching fixed combat animations from a cinematic camera angle doesn’t help anyone get a sense of what playing the game is like. However, we imagine that it’s going to be similar to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. As far as weapons go, you’ll at least have access to a throwing ax, a spear and a hidden blade. Ubisoft has also stated that it has reworked character progression and skill trees, but didn’t go into too much detail.

There are also a lot of activities you can take part in, apart from kicking England’s ass. Ubisoft says that there are activities like hunting, fishing, dice and drinking games. There’s also a traditional Norse competition called flyting, which is basically a Viking rap battle of insults.

Recently, it was revealed that the hidden-blade would make a return as an instant-kill weapon. For context, the hidden blade is typically placed on the inner forearm for discretion. However, the hidden blade is placed on Eivor's outer forearm because they want to face their enemy's with honor. While the hidden blade will certainly be front and center, this won't affect the actual mechanics of the weapon. You'll still be able to instant-kill fools as long as you're in stealth.

The recent Ubisoft Forward event gave us a long-look at real gameplay for once. Check out the video below:

We actually got some hands-on time with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Here's what Editor-in-Chief Sherri L. Smith had to say about it:

"This might be the Assassin’s Creed that I play all the way through. Like most AC titles, the world is vast and filled with tons of adventures and secrets that I’m ready to explore. The combat is brutal and more visceral than previous games and is incredibly fun. I’m excited to really take the raid mechanic for a spin and to dig through that massive skill tree. But Assassin’s Creed fans will find a lot to love in Valhalla."

The latest Gamescom trailer for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla showcased fighting off mythological threats, including Daughters of Lerion and the Lost Drengr of Ragnar Lothbrok. The daughters, Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril, are inspired by the tale Leir of Britain. These are optional enemies that can be found in the open world.

See our full Assassin's Creed: Valhalla hands-on review.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla setting

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to take place in Norway and England in the 9th century, a time when the Vikings and the English fought over the British Isles. Since you’ll be traveling from shore to shore, there will be naval combat. One reason I loved Black Flag so much was because of the naval combat.

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Ubisoft revealed that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla wouldn’t be the longest or biggest Assassin’s Creed game, citing player’s complaints with Odyssey’s bloated open world. Hopefully, less space translates to more time spent making the world-design look great.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla soundtrack

Recently, an official soundtrack for Assassin's Creed Valhalla was unveiled on YouTube. The music comes from Wardruna, which you may know for their contribution to the soundtrack on the History Channel series Vikings.

Their EP, Out of the North, features several tracks from the Assassin's Creed Valhalla soundtrack, including Selvik's "Hrafnsmál - The Words of the Raven," which is displayed above.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla pre-orders and collector’s editions

Similar to most Assassin’s Creed games, there are a ton of editions for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, including the Standard Edition, Gold Edition, Ultimate Edition and Collector’s Edition.

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The $59 standard edition comes with the base game and that’s about it. Bumping up to $99 will net you the Gold Edition, which comes with the Season Pass (future access to new content, lands and gear) and a bonus mission available at launch. If you want the Ultimate Edition, you’ll get the previously mentioned DLC as well as the Berserker Gear Pack, Berserker Settlement Pack, Berserker Longship Pack and a new set of Runes, all for $119.

For $199, you can get all of the previously mentioned DLC as well as an 11.8-inch-tall female Eivor figurine, a 1.9-inch male Eivor Viking statuette, the game’s soundtrack, an exclusive steelbook and a set of three lithographs.

There’s no word on minimum or recommended requirements right now. All we have is an Epic Games Store listing that lists “TBA” for all of the specs, from CPU to GPU. Stay tuned for more info, but it’s safe to say that any of the best gaming laptops will be more than ready to run Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

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In an interview with Eurogamer Portugal, Ubisoft said, “Currently, we can guarantee that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will run at least 30 frames per second. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will benefit from faster loading times, allowing players to immerse themselves in history and the world without friction. Finally, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will benefit from improved graphics made possible by the Xbox Series X, and we can’t wait to see the beautiful world we’re creating in stunning 4K resolution.”

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla running at 30 fps on next-gen consoles like Xbox Series X and PS5 would be incredibly disappointing. It’s like being stuck at 720p when every other game around you is already on 1080p.