This week, Ubisoft released Discovery Tour: Viking Age. This is a new standalone title that’s free to those who own Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It’s basically the main Assassin’s Creed game but without all the Assassins in it. This is very much a historical exploration title rather than a game with bloodshed, combat, and collectibles, and it’s right up the alley for anyone hoping to learn more about Vikings. Each Discovery Tour entry has explored the time period of the last main Assassin’s Creed game, and this one is no different when it comes to the Viking Age and what Vikings were up to around the world at this time.
Specifically, you’ll be given eight characters with stories to complete in Discovery Tour: Viking Age. Each one tells a different story, and you’ll be exploring a new part of Viking history as you walk through time with them. This is more about learning and experiencing history than it is seeing it through the action of an Assassin’s Creed title. For me, this is the best part of the older Assassin’s Creed titles, which had fully-voiced segments of history for you to learn about as you played through the title. Here though, it’s all just been separated out into its own game for those who want it specifically to enjoy it.
I’m excited to jump in and learn more about what the Vikings were doing in England to establish themselves. English history is terrible, filled with all sorts of inaccuracies, so I want to know what the true line of history is and how the country came to be with the Vikings hanging around. I don’t know if the characters we’ll be playing as have all the same parkour abilities as Eivor, so it’ll be interesting to see how traversal has been mixed in with this Discovery Tour, if at all.
I have to say, I love what Ubisoft does with these entries in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The company itself needs to address all the issues that have been raised about the workplace, and I’m sure the result will be more important titles like this as time goes on and things improve.