ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA Will Be Shown During Next Inside Xbox; Sandbox Shines in First Screenshots

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ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA Will Be Shown During Next Inside Xbox; Sandbox Shines in First Screenshots

After months of waiting, Ubisoft is finally ready to talk more about 2020's entry in its huge franchise — titled Assassin's Creed Valhalla — and its new cinematic trailer (set to the tune of Steven Stern's Soul Of A Man) was just a sign of what's to come. Those who just can't wait to see Assassin's Creed Valhalla in action should be happy to hear that the title will shown during the next Inside Xbox event on Thursday, May 7 at 8AM PT.

To make the wait a little bit easier, lead producer Julien Laferrière revealed some details on Assassin's Creed Valhalla in a recent interview with Eurogamer. According to Laferrière, Valhalla will bring something new to the table, as players won't be forced to embark on a time-consuming journey to defog the upcoming game's enormous map, Reportedly, Valhalla's narrative is being built around your own Viking settlement.

"It really changed the shape of the game we were making," Laferrière explained. "Instead of exploring one territory, then moving on to another and having no real opportunity or reason to return, the settlement changes the structure. So you'll go on an adventure and then be encouraged to come back to your settlement. It changes the way we're playing the game we're making - at least, that's the bet we're making." Although Assassin's Creed II and its sequels featured some basic base-building (or maybe rather base-renovating) mechanics, it sounds like Ubisoft is willing to take the idea to the next level, as the artist even compared Valhalla's base of operations to Dragon Age's Skyhold and Mass Effect's Normandy.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be set mostly in Britain — with Alfred the Great being the story's central figure — but it doesn't mean that Ubisoft is not paying attention to protagonist Eivor's homeland. "You'll feel the harshness of the lands, the political pressure there at the time. You'll feel all that and hopefully you'll understand why you have to move to England where most of the game takes place," Laferrière added.

To learn a whole lot more about the newly announced Assassin's Creed Valhalla, take a closer look at some never-before-seen screenshots and an in-depth breakdown of the title's cinematic trailer — featuring Creative Director Ashraf Ismail and Narrative Director Darby McDevitt's commentary — down below: