Ubisoft Announces Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Bringing Vikings To The Famous Franchise

Ubisoft Announces Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Bringing Vikings To The Famous Franchise
Credit: Ubisoft via YouTube

The latest game in the famous Assassin’s Creed franchise has finally been announced! Ubisoft took to a YouTube livestream today to announce the upcoming title, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Ubisoft held a livestream that was a bit longer than eight hours, with the vast majority of it being the creation of a digital art. As the hours passed, the digital art piece was revealed to be the cover of the upcoming title, with the screen ending with the title Assassin’s Creed Valhalla plastered on the screen, with a promised world premiere trailer coming tomorrow, April 30th, at 8 AM PDT/ 5 PM CEST.

Unfortunately, given that this title and art is the only thing that we’ve been given so far, there isn’t a whole lot that can be said about the upcoming title. If the name wasn’t a big enough hint, it seems like the focus this time is going to be on Viking culture. The axe being held by the character on the cover is of Viking design, but also contains the trademark Assassin symbol, so it’s currently unclear if this is going to be an assassin-based game again or the more warrior-centric gameplay feel that Odyssey offered.

There isn’t much use in speculating at the moment, but boy, it’s still fun to do it! We’ll have some more concrete answers once the official premiere trailer drops tomorrow, thankfully, so we won’t have to wait long to have our suspicions confirmed and fears dispelled.

As an annual franchise, Assassin’s Creed tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of case. Many gamers reject the annual series (though 2019 was without a release in the franchise for the first time in seven years) for its buggy, often unfinished nature that they tend to release in. While still an incredibly popular release, many have lambasted Odyssey and its predecessor, Origins, for an almost-unplayably glitched experience, with countless bugs and issues plaguing the titles.

Additionally, many have expressed disinterest in the franchise as it slowly veers away from the assassination-based style of the earlier games. The Ezio storyline is widely considered to have been the peak of the series, and while it certainly hasn’t dropped in popularity as a franchise, each title seems to have been met with more and more tired fans as of late.

Of course, now that there’s a new game coming, that tiredness is likely to fade away as the hype train starts chugging along. With any luck, this Viking-centric title may have a return to the assassin-based gameplay that launched the franchise.