Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox One this year

By Heidi Nicholas,
Update: Assassin's Creed Valhalla launches on both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X in the Holiday period this year. The game's site goes into a lot of detail on what it includes. It's an open-world game with "advanced RPG mechanics", set in the ninth century. You'll play as either a male or female Eivor, and will be leading a clan from Norway across the North Sea to invade England, and battle against King Aelfred of Wessex.

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

Players will also be put in charge of growing and building a settlement, recruiting clan members, and upgrading structures. There'll be a blacksmith, barracks, a tattoo parlour, and more. It seems players can choose between multiple approaches, as usual, such as "lightning-fast surprise attacks" with raiders and "massive assaults" against fortresses and armies, as well as "strategic alliances" to "triumph by your wits". There'll be weapons ranging from dual-wield axes, swords, shields, bows, and the hidden blade, for assassination. There are other actions to do in the game, such as fishing, hunting, dice, and drinking games. Lastly, players will be able to create a Viking to share online with friends, as well as to recruit those created by other players.

There's three editions available to pre-order for Xbox One. The Standard Edition is currently priced at £59.99 on the Ubisoft store. It includes The Way of the Beserker bonus mission: "Join a legendary Norse Berserker on his quest for revenge." The Gold Steelbook Edition, priced at £84.99, includes the game, a gold Steelbook, and a Season Pass, which gives access to new content, lands, and gear, as well as a story mission. The Collector's Edition, priced at £179.99, includes the game, everything from the Season Pass, the Ultimate Pack — which includes the Beserker Gear Pack, Beserker Settlement Pack, Beserker Longship Pack, and set of runes, and the Collector's Edition items: the Eivor figurine, viking statuette of Eivor, three lithographs, an exclusive box and steelbook, and a game soundtrack.

Collector's Edition

Update: Assassin's Creed Valhalla releases Holiday 2020, as confirmed by the new trailer. Pre-orders will also give players an extra mission: The Way of the Beserker. Beserkers were a type of Viking warrior who fought viciously in a trance-like animal state, and the image for the extra mission shows a warrior alongside a bear. The trailer showed a lot of new details: it seems to confirm travel to England, as well as large-scale wars like that of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and perhaps naval combat too. The Norse gods were referenced with Odin and his raven, and the iconic hidden blade was shown near the end.

Original story: After yesterday's lengthy livestream, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla was officially announced, confirming the fan-favourite theory of a Norse setting for the next instalment. Now, Ubisoft is releasing the game's first trailer as a world premiere.

Yesterday's livestream took about eight hours, in which artist Boss Logic gradually revealed a piece of art for the game, giving the first look at its setting and themes. They managed to keep everyone guessing for some time: the castle in the image was built up only to be destroyed and turned into a smoking ruin, while the fighters weren't added in until much later. The ships were added in on the left around the same time, but the key details, such as the figureheads on the ships, the design of the shields, and the armour of the main figure in the middle of the image, were only shown near the end.

This trailer will be the first look at the new Assassin's Creed game. We'll update this story as the trailer progresses. Watch with us, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!