New Assassin's Creed Valhalla gets a November release date and new trailers

By Heidi Nicholas,
Ubisoft has given players an in-depth look at Assassin's Creed Valhalla as part of its Ubisoft Forward digital showcase, confirming a release date of November 17th. We also got a new gameplay trailer showcasing combat, exploration, stealth, raids, and more.

The gameplay shown is still a work in progress. We see Eivor, a chieftain, leading their people to Britain, having been forced to leave Norway due to political pressure and a lack of resources. Eivor is shown sailing upriver on a long-ship for raids, before we see footage of combat — Eivor will be able to revive members of their crew — as well as a glimpse of that leaked boss battle, and looting. We then see Eivor using this raided loot to upgrade the settlement, where you'll also find your alliance map, with its record of every ally you've made. Exploration is also shown, with Eivor fishing, harpooning, and searching ruins and temples.

The Assassin's Creed Valhalla team describes how they researched all aspects of Viking life, heading to Norway and taking the journey back to England to see how those Vikings might have felt when seeing this new land for the first time. They describe how the fight system has been "revamped" to "leverage the brutality and intensity" of Viking combat, which involves both close-range combat and a more stealthy approach.

The devs say Valhalla will have the largest variety of enemies in any AC game. There'll be new combat abilities — Eivor is shown using the Viking harpoon — and a new stun system. You'll be able to dual-wield any combination of weapons, including two shields. Eivor will also be able to utilise their cloak and hood to rely on social stealth in towns and villages, for when they might wish to blend into the crowd instead of using outright force. When the time comes for force, however, Eivor will lead massive assaults against "heavily-guarded Saxon fortresses".

Assassin's Creed Valhalla will release for Xbox Series X and Xbox One this holiday.
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!