We're just a few hours away from the Ubisoft Forward event, where the publisher plans to show more about some of their upcoming games, not the least of which is Assassin's Creed Valhalla. \n \nAs of this writing, Ubisoft hasn't officially announced the release date for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, but it might've been revealed in an Instagram advertisement, which shows a November 17 launch date. Again, nothing has been confirmed, but we won't have to wait long until its release date gets its official reveal. \n \nIf Valhalla does get released on November 17, the next installment of Assassin's Creed will have some stiff competition, as CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 will be released two days later. \n \nEarlier this week, a 30-minute gameplay clip, which includes a boss fight, was leaked ahead of schedule. On top of that, the next Far Cry game had its first trailer get leaked in advance of the Ubisoft Forward event, so both of the publisher's big reveals have been spoiled. \n \nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=ssrNcwxALS4 \n \nAssassin's Creed Valhalla's gameplay didn't look too different from recent installments like Odyssey and Origins, which has led some to be disappointed that the series isn't taking a big leap forward as we head into the next generation of consoles. Instead, everything about the gameplay looks familiar, which might be why Ubisoft opted to not show any gameplay footage during their first "gameplay trailer" back in May. \n \nThe main protagonist of Assassin's Creed Valhalla will is named Eivor, and like in Odyssey, players will be given the choice to play as either a male or a female version of the main character. However, unlike in Odyssey, the male and female lead characters will share the same name and the same backstory. \n \nDuring a recent interview with the Washington Post, the game's creative director, Ashraf Ismail, talked about why Ubisoft decided to go with the Viking Age as the setting for their next Assassin's Creed title. \n“It was up to me to pitch a setting,” Ismail said while speaking with the Washington Post. “The Viking Age is something that I’ve been in love with since I was a kid. So this was an opportunity to bring the nuance of that time period, the culture, the people, in a way that only Assassin’s Creed can." \nWe'll know a lot more about Assassin's Creed Valhalla in just a few hours, as the Ubisoft Forward event is set to begin at 3 PM Eastern.