Assassin’s Creed Valhalla debuts bloody, brutal first trailer

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Yesterday we brought you the announcement of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the 12th mainline entry in the popular stealth action series.

This morning, Ubisoft released the game’s first trailer. The four-minute cinematic sets a grim and bloody mood. Set in The Viking Ages between 793–1066 AD, Scandinavian forces have settled in England and have begun building a new life for themselves. King Aelfred of Wessex lists the many horrors the godless invaders have inflicted upon his country. But what we see is different. There is a code among the vikings — they let women and children escape a raid, they raise their children in a playful and safe environment, they worship deities of their own.

What’s new

You play as Eivor, a viking warrior determined to help their countrymen begin a new life. Driven from their Norwegian home, Eivor hopes to find security and riches in more fertile English soil. This doesn’t thrill the English. As in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Eivor can be played as male or female without impacting the story. The cinematic trailer and screenshots Ubisoft have released only feature the male version so we don’t yet know what the female Eivor will look like.

The press release promises all sorts of things. How about “a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before.” Raids are crucial to resource gathering. You’ll need to send your viking longship to different ports up and down the English coast to raid and pillage.

Preorder goodies

Ubisoft also advises that three editions of the game will be available at launch. Here they are straight from the press release:

  • The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Season Pass.
  • The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass and the Ultimate Pack giving access to players to exclusive customization content: the Berserker Gear Pack, the Berserker Settlement Pack, the Berserker Longship Pack, along with a Set of Runes to improve weapons or gears.
  • The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, the Ultimate Pack, the high-end Ubicollectibles replica of Eivor and her Drakkar (height: 30cm), a Collector’s Case, a Steelbook® with a unique artwork, a numbered certificate of authenticity, a Viking Statuette of Eivor with his raven and Dane axe (height: 5cm), exclusive lithographs as well as a Selected Soundtrack  of the game. The Collector’s Edition is available exclusively on the Ubisoft Store.
  • The standalone Ubicollectibles products including the Eivor Wolf-Kissed Figurine and his Hidden Blade Replica.

Take a good look

Cinematic trailer not enough? Check out a few in-game screens in the gallery below!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla becomes Ubisoft’s first next-gen title. It will launch on Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia and Windows PC exclusively on the Epic Games Store. Additionally, you’ll also be able to get it via the Ubisoft Store and Ubi’s subscription service Uplay+. The current release window is Holiday 2020, which usually means any time from October to December.

 

David Smith

David Smith is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

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