An innocent-seeming poster in The Division 2, as well as Kotaku's Jason Schreier, could have revealed the setting for the next Assassin's Creed game.
YouTuber JorRaptor spotted numerous posters dotted around the game's Potomac Event Center. These posters seemingly depict a Norse Viking figure clutching a spear or staff in one hand and what appears to be a Piece of Eden in the other. If you're an Assassin's Creed dilettante, Pieces of Eden are artifacts left behind by a precursor civilization in the franchise. The word "Valhalla" is written across the top of the posters in an appropriately Saxon-style script. In-game, the posters are advertising some sort of opera, but the Piece of Eden is hard to ignore.
The story doesn't end there, though. Kotaku's Jason Schreier says the Viking setting for the next Assassin's Creed has been independently confirmed by two sources. The game is codenamed Kingdom and will be released in 2020 after Ubisoft confirmed that Assassin's Creed is once again skipping a year. Ubisoft does have a show at this year's E3, but the next game isn't due for at least a year. It's unlikely we'll see Vikings at E3.
Rumors have previously circulated that the next Assassin's Creed game would be set in Ancient Rome. Supposedly, this game was codenamed Legion and would allow players to choose between male and female characters as Odyssey does. Given the Ptolemaic Egyptian and Ancient Greek settings of the last two games, Ancient Rome would make sense. If Schreier and his sources are to be believed then this isn't the case, though, and it's Norse gods all the way. We'll have to wait and see whether Ubisoft confirms or denies this and whether the posters in The Division 2 are in fact teasers or just unfortunate coincidences.
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