During tonight's Ubisoft Forward 2020 event, we got our first (official) look at Assassin's Creed: Valhalla gameplay, as well as confirmation of the previously leaked release date of November 17th, 2020.
Players will take the reigns of Eivor, a Viking Chieftan who can be male or female, depending on the player's preference. After abandoning Norway, Eivor aims to establish a new viking settlement in England, where the Anglo-Saxon natives aren't exactly welcoming to their Norse guests.
Building this settlement is a key feature of Valhalla, and players will lead their Viking army into several, large-scale raids against the Anglo-Saxon forces to plunder resources to supply and grow their settlement, and fortify their equipment. Ubisoft promises that these raids will be "more action-packed and brutal than anything Assassin’s Creed has seen before".
Valhalla will feature a revamped, visceral combat system to reflect the brutality of Viking combat, in which players will bash, decapitate and dismember their foes, in true Viking fashion. In a first for the series, Eivor is able to dual-wield any combination of weapons - and yes, that means you can fight with two shields in each hand.
Stealth approaches are also accounted for, with the welcome return of Assassins Creed's most iconic weapon, the hidden blade, absent from the series since 2015's Assassins Creed: Syndicate. It also looks like social camouflaging, the technique of hiding amongst crowds to blend in, has returned.
Several brutal new combat abilities were also shown off, including a terrifying flurry throwing axes, a precise and deadly harpoon throw, as well as a new stun-and-stomp system.
Ubisoft also boasted that the title will feature the largest variety of enemies in any Assassin's Creed game, as well as the slightly disturbing feature that some enemies will use the bodies of their fallen comrades in battle.
Again, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla launches on November 17th on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.
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