Ubisoft Provides an In-Depth Analysis of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla's Historical Foundations

Check out how Ubisoft is bringing 8th Century Viking culture to life in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

By Grayshadow, Posted 01 May 2020

Ubisoft is notorious for bringing history to life in their Assassin's Creed franchise. From the Holy Crusades to London's Industrial Revolution, the franchise has taken gamers to many periods across human history. Now, Ubisoft is going further back with Assassin's Creed Valhalla, taking players to 8th century Scandinavia as taking the role of a Viking named Eivor. With Ubisoft providing an in-depth look at the history of the Viking legend.

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Thierry Noel, historian and content advisor on Assassin's Creed Valhalla gave his take on how Ubisoft is recreating the Dark Ages. Using limited information to try and reconstruct the setting and build believable characters and cultures the player will experience when the game becomes available this holiday season.

It’s a fascinating time. It’s been called the Dark Ages because we don’t have as much information relative to certain time periods like Ancient Egypt or Greece. It may be dark, but it’s also a period of transition and transformation. The Roman world has disappeared, and the medieval era has not yet totally arrived. It’s a really interesting period of rebuilding the western world, rebuilding values, rebuilding states and nations, and mixing cultures that were isolated before. It’s not only a period of conflict; it’s a period of intensive cultural exchange between people, and Vikings played an essential role in that rebuilding of the world through exchanges.

Vikings won't be the only figures players will interact with. England and King Aelfred will play a massive role in the upcoming game. With the Vikings invading settled England lands.

King Aelfred is a very important character in England’s history. When the Vikings started to invade and settle England, all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms fell, one after another. The only one that survived was Wessex, which was the kingdom ruled by Aelfred. It not only survived, but he managed to repel the Viking invasion, and even managed to rebuild modern England. He’s a very important character for us.

Odin was shouted by Eivor during the battle in the cinematic trailer. According to Noel, the Norse mythology was not just a faith but a way of life. Used by the Vikings in everyday life to interpret what was happening around them.

There's a lot of information to digest here and I recommend you read it if you want to get a full understanding of what to expect from the next game.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is set for a holiday 2020 release. A gameplay trailer reveal is set for May 7th during the Xbox Series X gameplay event.

Adam Siddiqui,
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Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC
Publisher(s): Ubisoft
Developer(s): Ubisoft
Genres: Action-Adventure
Themes: History
Release Date: 2020-11-10

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