Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Trailer
The new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer titled “Deep Dive” is now available on YouTube, and it blew me away! No, don’t take me as a fanboy from this line; I have not been impressed by most of the latest entries in the franchise (except AC: Origins, it was great!). After AC: Black Flag, there was nothing ground breaking about Assassin’s Creed up to AC: Syndicate. Origins finally came as a breath of fresh air, but then the developers just did a rinse and repeat for AC: Odyssey.
Odyssey definitely had its moments and was a gorgeous game, but it was plagued by Ubisoft’s curse of repetition. In a positive light, Odyssey can be viewed as another step towards a fully polished RPG system in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It was plenty enjoyable but sharing most of the same assets with Origins, and the overwhelming amount of content with level grinding did not work out for me. Many other players shared similar complaints across the internet.
So, when Valhalla was announced, I had very mixed feelings about my expectations with Ubisoft. It has become the main dynamic of my relationship with the Assassin’s Creed franchise, I can’t stop myself from looking forward to a new entry, yet I know its Ubisoft. Ubisoft always finds a way to dismantle my expectations.
Along came the first look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay at the Ubisoft Forward event, and it confirmed all my reservations. Despite the great landscapes in trailers, combat gameplay looked just a slight variation of Odyssey with a few new animations. In-game characters also looked no better than in previous-generation versions, so it felt like a major fluke to be marketed as a next-gen release title.
It disappointed me even when I did not expect much in the first place. There is also another aspect to it, the gameplay had a clunky feel to it, and this is what I have felt with the latest RPG system incorporated AC games. Even Origins felt like that no matter how I enjoyed it. Valhalla had that, but more importantly, it looked like it was not ready to be shown to the world yet.
They still went live with it, and the lack of readiness was noticeable. However, it is quite unfair to bash the franchise for the gameplay alone when there are other things worth noting. If there is any game that attracts me for its world-building as much as the gameplay, it’s the AC games. Even more at times, as I said earlier, the gameplay and story are rarely the strongest points in the franchise as of late.
But look at the world of Ancient Egypt in Origins or Greece in the Odyssey; it is just breath taking. Thus, a good open-world exploration in the Viking setting was the only element that still kept me hooked up with all the latest promotional material of Valhalla.
This was the state of my love-hate relationship with the game when Ubisoft dropped a new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gameplay trailer on October 14th. It is 7 minutes deep dive video that shows gameplay and the world of Valhalla. Boy, did they take me off-guard with this one.
The video starts by explaining the ‘Settlements’ system, which are the pivotal interlinks between various major locations on the map. Then it moves towards combat gameplay & loot. We also get a glimpse of the choices players get to make from character gender, which can be swapped at any point, to the customizations you can make to your settlements. You can also pet animals, drink ale, hunt, play Orlog, and even throw a massive feast as some of the side fun activities.
The preview revealed for the first time that you could transport to the mythical world of Asgard with giant dragon-like creatures lurking in the shadow. It is explained via the presence of Valka, the ‘seer’ who prepares a meal for you that unlocks your supernatural senses.
Ending with the gorgeous & diverse landscapes, this was the best Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer yet. Why? You must think. Well, for starters, the combat looked much more polished than the initial previews with some of the best brutal animations that have lacked in previous instalments. It makes no sense for an axe to hit the enemy in the neck without some semblance of gore. It was pretty distracting, to be honest.
But now heads blow off, and you can clearly hear the arm bone-cracking down. The graphics look much closer to being the final product, and they should be; the game is less than a month away. If this was the first trailer they showed to us, then the game might have avoided that entire initial backlash.
I know it was not possible considering the marketing schedules and pressure from the fanbase, but the game clearly looked like it was not ready to be shown to the world when it did. The side activities, narrative choices, world-building, and in-game characters all look much better than before as well.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Release date
Though it still doesn’t take away my skepticism because, well, it is Ubisoft, but it definitely made me more hyped for the new instalment than I was early on. What the overall package has for us in the store is yet to be seen when the game’s final version comes out. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date is November 10th, 2020, for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It launches on November 12th, 2020, for PS5. Till then, you can download and put Assassin’s Creed Valhalla wallpaper on your displays to kill time.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla System Requirements
It is a next-generation title on consoles, so Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC requirements are sure to be significant. According to game debate, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla system requirements that are recommended are as follows:
- OS Windows 10 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz / AMD Ryzen R5 1600
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
- VRAM 6GB
- System Memory: 16GB RAM
- Storage: 50 GB space on Hard Drive
The minimum requirements to run the game are:
- OS Windows 10 64-bit
- Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320
- AMD Radeon R9 380 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB
- VRAM 2GB
- System Memory: 8GB RAM
- Storage space of 50GB on Hard Drive
- DirectX 11 compatible graphics card
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Price
In order to get that ocean blue Assassin’s Creed Valhalla logo on your system, you will have to spend $60 on current-gen consoles and PC, whereas $70 on next-gen consoles. The best Assassin’s Creed Valhalla price is at Amazon and Walmart right now. You can buy the base game with the Berserker quest at just 49.94. If you have not watched the new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer, go check it out now!