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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla coming this holiday, watch the first trailer

Valhalla coming to [deep breath] PC, PS5, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Ubisoft is bringing the next game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, to Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X this holiday. The company revealed the first details on the game — it’s set in the ninth century against England’s Dark Ages — and released the debut trailer on Thursday.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will star Eivor, a Viking raider and clan leader. Players can choose to play as a female or male Eivor, and will be able to to customize her or him with a selection of hair, tattoos, clothing, war paint, and gear, Ubisoft says. Assassin’s Creed’s traditional open-world action-adventure gameplay will return, and Valhalla will build on that foundation with raids, settlement building and expansion, and political influence mechanics.

“Political alliances, combat decisions, and dialogue choices can influence the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, so players must choose wisely to protect their clan’s home and future,” Ubisoft said in a news release.

Ubisoft Montreal, the studio behind Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Origins, is leading development on Valhalla. Here is Ubisoft’s official story breakdown for the game:

Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in ninth century AD, players will lead Eivor’s clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms. Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before. To secure resources, players can lead raids to select locations using their longship to earn much-needed riches and supplies. As the Vikings begin to settle in their new home, they encounter resistance from the Saxons, including King Aelfred of Wessex, who denounces them as heathens and looks to be the sole ruler of a civilized England. Against all odds, Eivor must do what is necessary to keep Valhalla within reach.

The Windows PC version of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available via the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store, and will be included as part of Ubisoft’s Uplay Plus subscription service.

Check out some 4K-resolution screenshots and a peek at character customization from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in the gallery below.

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