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Ubisoft announces Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed is heading to the Viking Age

An illustration of a Viking warrior from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Image: Ubisoft
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Ubisoft revealed the next Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, on YouTube in the form of a multi-hour livestream with artist Kode Abdo, better known as BossLogic, revealing the game’s setting.

A full reveal of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is coming Thursday, April 30, at 8 a.m. PT via YouTube. First details on the new Viking-themed video game were released Thursday morning.

Over the course of about eight hours, BossLogic’s artwork revealed Viking warriors battling in a sun-drenched field on one side, and boats navigating icy waters on the other. A silhouette of a Viking warrior bisects the two scenes. Beyond that, little is known about the new Assassin’s Creed. The game is slated to come out sometime in 2020 on unspecified platforms.

Ubisoft’s teaser confirmed long-standing rumors, and an in-game tease hidden in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, which telegraphed the Viking theme for the new Assassin’s Creed game.

The most recent entry in the historical open-world franchise, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, was released in October 2018. Odyssey took place in Ancient Greece and was set during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. It starred Spartan warriors Alexios and Kassandra.

Ubisoft took a year off from in 2019 from the mostly annual franchise, and instead focused on creating new content for Odyssey.

Update (4:13 p.m. ET): This story has been updated with the game’s name and world premiere reveal details from Ubisoft.

Update (April 30): Ubisoft revealed the first cinematic trailer and released all-new gameplay details for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Thursday morning. This post has been updated.

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