ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA Content Advisor Discusses Depicting Alfred the Great & Viking Women
Just like almost every Assassin's Creed game ever made, the recently announced Assassin's Creed Valhalla will allow players to explore many authentic buildings and interact with real-life historical figures, including Alfred the Great. In a new interview with Ubisoft, Thierry Noël, historian and inspirational content advisor of the Editorial Research Unit on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, shed some light on his role in the game's story line.
Although the first trailer for Assassin's Creed Valhalla suggests that Alfred the Great will be the Ubisoft Montreal–created game's main villain, that's reportedly not entirely true. "King Aelfred is a very important character in England’s history," Noël said. "When the Vikings started to invade and settle England, all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms fell, one after another. The only one that survived was Wessex, which was the kingdom ruled by Aelfred. It not only survived, but he managed to repel the Viking invasion, and even managed to rebuild modern England. He’s a very important character for us."
While Ubisoft's marketing strategy has seemingly been focused solely on the male protagonist of Assassin's Creed Valhalla — played by Magnus Bruun (The Last Kingdom) — the production is still following in Assassin's Creed Odyssey's footsteps, allowing you to play as either a male or a female hero — named Eivor.
According to Noël, longtime fans of the award-winning franchise shouldn't be too quick to judge Ubisoft's decision to introduce a female protagonist in Valhalla. "The archaeological sources are highly debated on that specific issue. But the fact is, and I think what’s really important, is that it was part of their conception of the world. Sagas and myths from Norse society are full of tough female characters and warriors. It was part of their idea of the world, that women and men are equally formidable in battle, and that’s something that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will reflect," the historian concluded.
As a friendly reminder, Ubisoft will showcase Valhalla during Thursday's Inside Xbox, starting at 8AM PT.
Become a legendary Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power in the quest to earn a place among the gods in Valhalla. Advanced RPG mechanics allow you to shape the growth of your character and influence the world around you. With every choice you make, from political alliances and combat strategy to dialogue and gear progression, you will carve your own path to glory.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Google Stadia and PC (via Uplay and the EGS) this holiday season.