Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been officially announced, and the rumors were correct – it’s going to be about Vikings. I mean, the name kind of gives it away. The announcement was followed by the release of a cinematic trailer, in which we get to know the main character, some baddies, the environments and such. We also get to see an old friend making a return after a long leave of absence.
It’s the wristblade! Yay wristblade! It’s a blade you put on your wrist! A lot of people have been unhappy with its absence from the previous game, and they can breathe a collective sigh of reliefe now. Eivor has one! That’s the blonde, braided fellow you can follow during the trailer, and also the game’s protagonist. From the wording on the official site, we presume there isn’t going to be an Eivora as an alternative, which is a pity.
But the features list sounds quite refreshing. You’ll be allowed to launch massive attacks against Saxon armies, lead a crew of raiders, dual wield pretty much anything that comes to mind (including shields), as well as build up and grow your own settlement. You’ll be able to build structures like a barracks, a blacksmith’s shop, a tattoo parlor, and “much more”. Some, if not all, will be upgradeable. You’ll also have the option to recruit clan members with different skills and gear.
There’s also the mercenaries you’ll have, which can help other players in their tasks and earn you money and fame passively, kind of like the Palico expeditions in Monster Hunter World. Finally, they’ve mentioned a bunch of mini games, including dice, fishing, drinking games and something they’ve dubbed “Viking rap battles”. If you want to take a gander at the trailer, you can do so here.