As with the build-up to every 'Assassin's Creed' game, there's always anticipation and speculation as to what the historical setting will be for it.
The last entry, 'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' was one of the most successful entries in the franchise for quite some time, and blended open-world RPG elements into it. This time around, 'Assassin's Creed: Valhalla' seems to take that onboard while also taking some of the best elements of what's often described as the jewel in the crown for the franchise - none other than 'Assassin's Creed: Black Flag'.
The setting and trailer reveal were kicked off with an unusual streaming event, in which artist BossLogic streamed his drawing of the poster for the game online, revealing glimpses of the game's setting little by little over a course of hours. By the time the poster was roughly halfway through, however, most people had clocked the viking theme.
Per the game's official synopsis, you'll play the role of Elvor, "a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory" who leads a clan of viking raiders to England during the dark ages to plunder from the 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 resource," the synopsis continues.
"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 game has no release date set beyond Holiday 2020, so expect this for around October / November, as they'll been keen to avoid clashing with 'Cyberpunk 2077' in September.
For now, here's the first cinematic trailer for the game.