'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' Officially Announced By Ubisoft
Well, there it is. After well over a year of rumours and speculation, it seems we can now say with absolute certainty that the next Assassin's Creed adventure will follow the story of a band of vikings as they tear it up in England. The news was finally revealed during an extra-long livestream hosted by Ubisoft and artist BossLogic.
The stream saw the incredibly talented BossLogic slowly assembling a piece of art that would clearly spell out the theme of the new Assassin's Creed game. Although I have to say, it became pretty obvious fairly early on what we were looking at. Not that that made watching it come together any more mesmerising. Take a look at the finished product for yourself below. It really is a lovely bit of work.
As you can see, one side of the image shows rolling green hills and a mighty stone castle that screams "ye olde England" more than a Wetherspoons at kicking-out time. The other side shows a viking ship navigating a stormy sea, seemingly confirming the rumours that sailing is a prominent feature in this title and will factor into exploration of the game's massive open world.
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The last piece of the puzzle to be revealed was that of a viking holding a fearsome-looking axe adorned with the infamous crest of the Assassin. Ubisoft has confirmed that a full reveal trailer will be dropping tomorrow at 4pm UK time, so be sure to look out for that. Previous rumours suggested the game would be called "Ragnarok", but I imagine Sony has that one locked down for the next God Of War game, right?
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty pumped that we're about to embark on a viking adventure, especially since more recent Assassin's Creed games have been embracing the fantasy/RPG elements a lot more (which I actively encourage). This could quite easily be the open world viking RPG I've always wanted. And given Ubisoft's penchant for crafting truly beautiful open worlds, I'd wager this incarnation of England is going to be a truly fascinating location to explore.
For right now, we can take satisfaction in the fact that the endless cycle of Assassin's Creed-related speculation can come to an end... for a bit. At least until this new game is out and we start arguing about where the next one is gonna be set. I'm sure you'll get your Feudal Japan one day, kids.
Featured Image Credit: Ubisoft/BossLogic