Watch: Assassins Creed Drops A Sick Trailer Video Of Valhalla

Published 04/30/2020, 2:11 PM EDT


Valhalla is a term from Old Norse mythology, signifying a hall or a palace of fallen warriors. This hallowed place is a sacred spot in Asgard, where the spirits of Bravehearts live under the guidance of Odin. Assassins Creed is revamping its franchise with a chunk of fantasy fiction added to it. While the cinematic trailer blew us away into a senseless state of amazement. We cannot wait for the game to release any sooner. There is more than just pillage and plunder deeply rooted in the story.

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Ubisoft and BossLogic made the details public, and now we know that over 15 studios are working together to create this classic. Ubisoft Montreal will remain the lead developer. The game is trying to recreate the age of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxon wars, which dates back to the 9th century. From the design of the ships to the villages to ancient rituals, all of them reek of Scandinavia. Age of empires and fallen heroes, where the commoners took to arms to defend themselves from the wrath of the noblemen.  

Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Creating A New Mythology

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Exciting! An immense congratulations to our studio warriors for all the good work and passion building to that reveal. We’d also like to thank the 14 co-dev studios all around the world. You know who you are, and we’re thankful for your dedication! Skàl! pic.twitter.com/hBPpFZKkrP

— Ubisoft Montréal (@UbisoftMTL) April 29, 2020

Let us start with the things we know so far; some of the foremost designers are developing the game. We all are familiar with the ancient story of the Norwegian king Harald Hardrada invading England. While this is a genre that has seen too many renditions. We can rest assured that names like Derby McDevitt (lead writer) will change the entire mythos into something legendary.

The Great Heathen Army during that age did not spare to spill blood to have their way. In a way, this is a story of resistance and sustenance. The other name which assures us is Ashraf Ishmail (lead game designer). These two have Origins, Revelations, and Black Flag under their belt of Assassins Creed games. We are witnessing history, retold in a charismatic fashion. Gear up, because this is perhaps going to be the greatest Assassins Creed game of all time. 

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Hidden Blade, English Knights, Barbarians and Innocents

These four elements comprised the significant features of the entire trailer. While the English Monarch ( King Aelfred of Wessex) describes these Vikings as barbarians, we see quite a different facet of their existence. “They scar the lands of England, lands they will never love.” While this dialogue goes on, an opposite scene of happiness depicted to show the reality of the Vikings. 

Ubisoft is going no holds barred with Valhalla, 14 other developers, that’s six more than Origins. What began in AC Origins and continued in Odessey will culminate in Valhalla. For those of us who relate to AC on a philosophical level, we know it is more than just a game about history. Hidden in the minute details, a macrocosm exists, which makes us a part of it, we can relate to it on so many levels. 

The hidden blade has a history with AC, and it is not only their trademark weapon, considered a god-killer. This was the weapon that assassinated Xerxes, and this was the weapon that made the Brotherhood what it was. When the artwork featured this weapon, fans went absolutely insane. 

There is also an element of religious context in the game, which we have seen in every other AC game. However, this looks more deeply rooted in history than others. When Christianity began to rise, when the Church and State were one, all the other religions redefined as pagans, heathens, and brutes. The scene from the trailer where the Monarch is writing the letter to call everyone at arms, the church bells can be heard behind. The cross and the Norse sculpture are two opposite concepts, portrayed brilliantly through the blood ritual.  

“Odin is with us.” 

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The artwork itself raised the alarm all across the gaming community. As soon as the trailer dropped, the viewership skyrocketed to 100,000 instantly. People were waiting for it as if they have staved for long enough. The artwork was being live-streamed, and the trailer dropped right after. The game set for release in 2020, but we do not know for sure if that is going to happen. We can just hope that it does.

“How the little piggies will grunt when they hear how the old boar suffered,” while this comment kept repeating itself, some may not understand its significance. This is a quote from Ragnar Lothbrok, from the show Vikings. The lead character has an uncanny resemblance to Ragnar. We hope he won’t share the same fate. 

“Odin is with us,” for AC lovers, and we know how essential visions are. Here, in the trailer, we see the lead character seeing a shrouded older man by the tree while the thunder cracked the sky open in the background. It disappears into thin air and becomes a raven. They symbolize the mythological Huginn and Muninn, the ravens who act as Odin’s messengers. These visions always hold the crux of the story and lead the characters to their fate. With all the hype, we cannot hold back our excitement for this game to drop sooner rather than later.

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Assassins Creed: Valhalla will release on PS5, PS4, Xbox series X, Xbox One, PC & Stadia at the end of 2020.

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