Assassin's Creed Valhalla now has a November release date

By Heidi Nicholas,
Ubisoft Forward gave us an in-depth look at Assassin's Creed Valhalla, along with a new trailer and the long-awaited release date: November 17th.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla suffered several leaks ahead of Ubisoft Forward — including a half-hour of gameplay footage and a boss fight — but the digital showcase gave us the latest official details on the game. The footage shown is still a work in progress, but it gives us a long look at 873 CE Britain. We're told that Eivor, the chieftain and player-character, had to leave Norway due to both political pressure and a lack of resources, and has chosen to lead their people to settle in Britain. The devs have previously emphasised their wish to show the Vikings not just as brutal raiders, but also a people looking to build a lasting home. Eivor is shown exploring, hunting, fishing, harpooning, and interacting with the people of the land.

We're shown combat too: Eivor sails upriver on a long-ship to raid, before using the plundered loot to upgrade their own settlement. We also see a glimpse of that leaked boss battle, and, in a different fight, Eivor is shown reviving members of their party. The devs say the combat system has been "revamped" to "leverage the brutality and intensity" of Viking combat, and that aside from raids, a stealth approach, and all other forms of combat, Eivor will also lead huge-scale assaults against "heavily-guarded Saxon fortesses." The game will also apparently have the largest variety of enemies we've yet seen in any AC game. To combat this, Eivor will be able to dual-wield any two weapons, including two shields, and will be utilising new weapons like the Viking harpoon. They'll also be able to use their cloak and hood to disguise themselves, and to rely on social stealth to blend into large crowds.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey was a fantastic game, but Assassin's Creed Valhalla looks like it'll improve the AC formula even more. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will release on November 17th for the PS4. It will be available as a launch title for the PS5, with a free next-gen upgrade.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!