I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. It’s actually a bit embarrassing. I’ve played every game, even the mobile and DS spin-offs, and I love them all. Since I’m pretty much an expert at this point, I think I’m qualified to say that most people enjoyed having a home, or a homestead of sorts, in all the games in the franchise that offered one. Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Odyssey to a degree, removed those homes. I think that players are now ready and eager for a return to having a home, and the one in Valhalla looks amazing.
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla we’ll have a settlement to return to and call home. We’ll be building it up with the structures we choose, and picking up people around the world to occupy it. This is a new twist on what is a very familiar feature in the series.
In Assassin’s Creed 2 we had a town that we could build up over time. This provided various benefits, and it was just nice to walk the streets around our massive mansion, making it feel like we were having a true impact on the world. Brotherhood took this one step further, seeing us customise Rome, and the same for Constantinople in Revelations. Then, in Assassin’s Creed 3, we got an actual homestead. We could add people to this by rescuing them in the large open world section, and do missions to enhance what they offered to us.
Then, in Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag and Rogue, the home became out ship. This is a logical move, and pushed the game to be much more streamline. That sort of played into Unity with our cafe, but in Syndicate it was restricted to the train. The series then seemed to lose its way with the homestead feature. I love Origins and Odyssey, but they don’t feel like true Assassin’s Creed games, mostly because they’re a huge departure from the series. However, they’ve added a lot more features that are good.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a return to form for the series. Now we can finally customise a home town again, and get the feeling that we’re making a difference in the world. This is part of what being an Assassin is all about, and the lack of it has impacted the feel of certain games as a result. Thankfully we can now rest easy knowing that we can build our very own Viking settlement from start to finish.