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Steve Farrelly
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While myriad slices of media across the creative plains draw upon Norse mythology, the truth is there's not a lot known about specifics regarding the pagan beliefs of the Vikingr. Most of their stories and traditions are passed down as "Sagas", more often than not orally, rather than written. This has left much of the nomadic and oft mixed belief system thrown into a melting pot with a warm mix of "what fits here works" as the meal at the end. Still, Assassin's Creed Valhalla has settled on as close to what they think works for the game as possible, while paying tribute to the known sagas of the ancient peoples.

Narrative director of the game, Darby McDevitt, explains in today's video just how the game's timeline works, which sees Christianity with a heavy hand in England as our pagan protagonist, Eivor, and his or her crew and house (Raven), attempt to settle out of their Norwegian home base for the greener pastures of the then not United Kingdom.
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you are Eivor, a fierce Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power in your quest to earn your place among the gods in Valhalla.

Key Features

WRITE YOUR VIKING SAGA – Advanced RPG mechanics allow you to shape the growth of your character and influence the world around you. With every choice you make, from political alliances and combat strategy to dialogue and gear progression, you will carve your own path to glory.

VISCERAL COMBAT SYSTEM – Dual-wield powerful weapons such as axes, swords, and even shields to relive the ruthless fighting style of the Viking warriors. Brutally decapitate your foes, vanquish them from afar, or stealthily assassinate targets with your hidden blade. Challenge yourself with the most varied collection of deadly enemies ever found in an Assassin’s Creed game.

A DARK AGE OPEN WORLD – Sail from the harsh and mysterious shores of Norway to the beautiful but forbidding kingdoms of England and beyond. Immerse yourself in the Viking way of life through fishing, hunting, drinking games, and more.

LEAD EPIC RAIDS – Launch massive assaults against Saxon troops and fortresses throughout England. Lead your clan in surprise attacks from your longship and pillage enemy territories to bring riches and resources back to your people.

GROW YOUR SETTLEMENT – Construct and upgrade buildings that allow for deep customization, including a barracks, blacksmith, tattoo parlor, and more. Recruit new members to your clan and personalize your Viking experience.

MERCENARY VIKINGS – Create and customize a unique Viking raider within your clan and share it online with friends to use during their own raids.
We're currently knee-deep in our review session of the game, so stay tuned for our in-depth analysis closer to November 10 when the game launches alongside next-gen hardware. In the meantime, watch the new video embedded below.

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