Despite the first gameplay trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla being a bit naff, we’ve since found out some very interesting details. A German store listing for the game, spotted by Eurogamer, states that as part of the game’s season pass we will be meeting up with Beowulf, and discovering the truth behind the legend.
Beowulf is the hero of an Old English poem. He kills a monster, but after 3000 or so lines manages to die in battle with a dragon. Nevertheless, this guy is touted as a legendary warrior, one that could definitely give you a dead arm if he punched you. Given how Assassin’s Creed Odyssey leaned into the gods of Ancient Greece, I’m really excited to see how this legendary character has been explored in Valhalla. Whether it has anything to do with the ancient precursor race the game’s are built around, we’ll have to wait and see.
This German store listing also notes that we’ll be able to unlock a mission called ‘Way of the Berserker’. This is likely to be a pre-order bonus, and probably won’t have as much substance to it as the season pass content does with the Beowulf mission.
A long marketing strategy has been planned for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and it sounds as if there’s a lot more for us to get our heads around. There are so many different areas to this game that we could dive into, but we should really wait until Ubisoft gives us some facts before we get into speculation.
So far, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks like it will follow the same formula set out by Origins and Odyssey. These games are taking the series in a different direction, but it’s one that was sorely needed. The games are in danger of being too similar once more though, and Ubisoft needs to change things up with Valhalla if they want to keep in interesting. With the settlement being such a big part of the game, this appears to be one of the main ways in which the game will differ, but it needs to be fresh and engaging enough to make the entire thing feel like a big step forward for the franchise.