After taking a year off in 2019, we’re all ready and waiting for a stellar comeback from the Assassin’s Creed series in 2020, and judging by recent leaks, this could well be what we’re in for.
The first teaser came back in 2019 in the form of an in-game The Division 2 poster depicting what appears to be a Viking-esque character holding a golden globe that looks suspiciously similar to the Apple of Eden in the Assassin’s Creed series, and subsequent early 2020 leaks lent more credibility to the Viking-era setting of the upcoming title, now confirmed to be called Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Here’s everything you need to know about Valhalla, from release date and platform rumours to the latest setting and gameplay leaks.
When will Assassin’s Creed Valhalla be released?
Ubisoft has only just formally announced the existence of AC: Valhalla, which it did in the form of an artwork reveal stream with artist BossLogic. The whole thing lasted hours, but you can watch a timelapse version of the reveal right here:
With an April reveal we’re expecting to see the game itself some time later in 2020. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey came out in October 2018, so a release around the same time this year might make sense, but we have a feeling that Ubisoft will hold out an extra couple of months so that the game can launch together with next-generation consoles. Speaking of…
Which platforms will Assassin’s Creed Valhalla be available on?
We assume that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and that’s seemingly backed up by a 4chan leak from back when the game was expected to be called Ragnarok – with the exception of the PC variant, oddly enough.
It could very well make an appearance on Google Stadia too, especially considering Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the first and only game available in the platform’s beta state, but this is yet to be confirmed – unofficially or otherwise.
Is there a Valhalla trailer?
Not yet, which means details for the game are thin on the ground. There’s not long to wait though: Ubisoft is giving the game a proper reveal at 4pm BST today (8am PST/11am EST) with a first trailer that will hopefully tell us a bit more about when to expect the game, what platforms it might be on, and what the actual gameplay will be like.
Where and when will Assassin’s Creed Valhalla take place?
It should come as no surprise that a game with the name “Valhalla” is expected to take place in the Viking era.
If that wasn’t enough, the aforementioned 4chan leak provides a little more depth as to what we can expect from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title. Per the leak, players can expect to explore a variety of locations across Europe, with the potentially massive game allegedly covering key early European cities like London, Paris and Kiev.
What’s unknown at this stage is how Ubisoft will cover such a vast area in one cohesive map, but it is said that boats will play a big part in the discovery element of the game. It’s also said to ditch the level-locked regions of Origins and Odyssey, meaning you are no longer put off from exploring areas of the game for fear of overpowered enemies.
What can I expect from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is said to expand upon what was on offer in Odyssey in just about every way, from new mechanics like a class-based progression system to the reintroduction of old mechanics including four-player co-op, a system first introduced back in 2014’s Unity. The details come from the 4chan leak, providing key gameplay details about the upcoming title.
The co-op feature is rumoured to be drop-in/drop-out, allowing friends – and possibly strangers – to jump in and aid you at various points in Valhalla, whether it’s exploring the vast open world said to be on offer or taking part in crucial story missions.
With a rumoured stealthier approach to combat than the likes of Origins and Odyssey, co-op could play a crucial part in silently infiltrating Viking strongholds, allowing for tactics previously impossible in an Assassin’s Creed title. Players will be able to cover themselves in mud or snow and hide in natural formations, for example, adding a new layer to gameplay, and the ultimate stealth weapon, the Hidden Blade, is also set to return.
Combat is said to include more weapon classes than previous Assassin’s Creed titles, and depending on the class that you pick, you’ll be able to equip and purchase unique skills and abilities that’ll enhance your playstyle. If you’re a fan of the durability system in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll be happy to know that something similar is said to be implemented into Valhalla across both weapons and armour.
Other gameplay elements rumoured to feature in Valhalla include settlements and other fortifications in the open world that can be used for trading and the like once they’ve been, ahem, “liberated”. It’s also rumoured that Odin’s Eye will replace the Eagle Eye view from Origins and Odyssey, allowing players to get an overview of major locations and plan their attack.
Interestingly, you’ll play as Jora, the sole playable character this time around. You’ll be able to select gender and other aspects in the opening moments of the game before following their story across several decades, but there’s little story-focused information available beyond that.
To say that’s a huge leak is an understatement, but there is one reputable source claiming that, essentially, it’s all incorrect. Posting on Resetera, reputable industry insider Daniel Ahmed (better known as ZhugeEX) claimed that every leak regarding the next title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is incorrect, and even went as far as to say (correctly, it turned out) that it wouldn’t be called Ragnarok.
“For what it’s worth. All of the new AC leaks so far have been incorrect. It’s not even called Ragnarok. Sure. Some of the details are right. Like improved combat or whatever. But in general they’re not that accurate.”
ZhugeEX has a great track record when it comes to leaks and insider information, so it’s worth paying attention to.
Whatever Ubisoft has planned for the next Assassin’s Creed title, we’re likely to find out very soon. For more exciting games to look forward to in 2020, take a look at our selection of the best upcoming games.