The Assassin’s Creed franchise has always had a fine line between history and mythology. The developers of the latest entry Assassin’s Creed Valhalla previously stated that the game will be “historically grounded” and not have a lot of focus on fantasy elements.
Well, it seems that the focus has changed somewhere along the way, as shown by the new gameplay released by Ubisoft as part of GamesRadar’s latest Future Games Show. it is loaded with all sorts of beasts and icons from mythology.
We see a huge black dog known as Black Shuck, said to be the Devil incarnate. We also get a peek at a sidequest called “The Lost Drengir of Ragnar Lothbrok”, which takes the player all over Norway and England hunting down the former followers of Ragnar Lothbrok. Yet again, Ubisoft previously stated that the game will have almost no sidequests.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the victim of behind-the-scenes turmoil as game director Ashraf Ismail was laid off by Ubisoft after an external investigation into misconduct allegations. It is going to be interesting to see what comes of the game without him at the helm.