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'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' Developer Shares First Look At Viking Settlement

'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' Developer Shares First Look At Viking Settlement

One of the lead developers behind Assassin's Creed Valhalla has shared a first look at the viking settlement that you'll call home in the open world RPG. This is the first time the franchise has had anything like a consistent homestead for players, and will serve as a base that you can constantly upgrade and grow as the game progresses.

I'm pretty excited to carve out a homestead for myself in Ubisoft's recreation of 9th century England. I'm definitely intrigued to see how having a fixed point to return to will ground the action and shift the way I perceive and explore the open world, too. I tend to aimlessly wander open world games, so it'll be nice to have a place to hanged my horned helmet.

Anyway, Valhalla's creative director Ashraf Ismail teased a glimpse of our happy viking home over on Twitter. As you can see for yourself below, it's pretty damn gorgeous. Ismail added that it's here we'll be able to do things like go fishing, check in on our people, and consult with our Chief. Presumably all of these actions will result in minigames, side quests, and other fun rewards/diversions.

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We also know that the viking settlement plays a key role in our relationships with other characters in the world, as well as the world itself. Lead producer Julien Laferrière revealed in a recent interview with Eurogamer that this central hub is where you'll see the consequences of a lot of your decisions - including any romances you might choose to pursue.

"It's your own Viking village you'll see prosper and grow, and which your clan mates will live in," Laferrière said. "It's at the centre of our quests and the centre of the decisions you make. We want players to see the consequences of their actions." It was also confirmed that settlements will play host to viking weddings, which can be used to forge alliances between clans.

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In other Assassin's Creed Valhalla news, Ismail recently confirmed that the hidden blade one-shot kill will be returning. The feature hasn't really been prominent since 2017's Origins, and even there it was clearly being phased out for a more combat-heavy approach. The good news is that it's back, along with social stealth, implying that Valhalla might be putting a little more emphasis back into the sneaky approach.

Featured Image Credit: Ubisoft

Topics: Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft, vikings

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.