Through a press release, Ubisoft announces that the Discovery Tour: Viking Age, the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla educational experience that allows you to discover Viking history and culture, will be available on October 19. The Discovery Tour: Viking Age will be available for free to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game owners on the same platforms as the main game. The separately purchased PC version of Discovery Tour: Viking Age will be on sale at Ubisoft Connect and the Epic Games Store for $ 24.99. For the first time in series history, Discovery Tour: Viking Age will also be available as a separate purchase on Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S in early 2022, as well as on Amazon Luna since its launch in France.
Following Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt and Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece, this new chapter in the Assassin’s Creed educational expansion will shed light on the Viking Age and allow players to discover more about the history and traditions of that time. Designed in close collaboration with a team of historians and archaeologists, this non-violent and interactive learning experience is a real immersion in the 9th century Viking world in Norway and England.
For this new work, the development team at Ubisoft Montreal has changed the formula to make the experience even more fun and informative. The Discovery Tour: Viking Age puts storytelling and storytelling at the heart of the gaming experience. Players will be able to put themselves in the shoes of the Viking and Anglo-Saxon characters of the time and live their stories large and small. During this memorable adventure, they will also be able to interact with the surroundings and the inhabitants while discovering many historical details and anecdotes about the time.
Since its inception, the team in charge of the Discovery Tour project has worked with a wide variety of partners. The immersive approach of the Discovery Tour and the knowledge of its experts and historians, combined with the wealth of its partners’ collections, continue to lead to great collaborations and numerous projects. The associated museums of the Discovery Tour: Viking Age are:
- The Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT), a senior partner of Discovery Tour: Viking Age, operates 23 museums and art sites in Hampshire and cares for 2.5 million artifacts from the region’s rich and important heritage internationally. The Discovery Tour offers a unique insight into what life was like for the people of Winchester and the surrounding area with a selection of rare items including the rare Winchester Relic, the only holy relic of that time in Britain. Parallel to this collaboration with Discovery Tour: Viking Age, Ubisoft’s strategic partnership with the HCT will bring the Winchester story to life in the spring of 2022 thanks to a unique immersive cultural experience that will combine live action, video projections, stories and presentation. .objects from the HCT collections. The experience will be enriched by an augmented reality tour of Winchester in the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla universe produced by Sugar Creative, one of the UK’s leading creative studios.
- The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It has a very large collection of objects that includes ancient objects from all eras of written civilization. This partnership with the British Library is invaluable to Ubisoft as it gives players access to medieval manuscripts and illustrations directly linked to the Viking Age.
- The Réunion des Musées Nationaux et du Grand Palais photography agency is a public industrial and commercial establishment under the supervision of the French Ministry of Culture. It is officially in charge of the promotion and dissemination of the collections kept in the French national museums. Each year, it takes more than 20,000 new shots to enrich the agency’s funds, accessible to everyone online. The establishment has been an essential partner since the first Discovery Tour. Its vast collections played a key role in rebuilding the items available in Discovery Tour: Viking Age and allowed Ubisoft to examine ancient artifacts such as the Bayeux Tapestry or the Sutton Hoo helmet.
- The York Archaeological Trust operates the Jorvik Viking Center in the UK and has conducted the archaeological excavations of the Coppergate site, which are accessible to all visitors. The Discovery Tour was an opportunity for Ubisoft to present some of the finds from these excavations through an entirely new medium by adding authentic details from the period to the immersive setting of this educational experience. Research by the York Archaeological Trust has shown the importance of cities during the Viking Age and their role as commercial, religious and political centers.
- The Nationalmuseet, Denmark’s national museum, is made up of a network of 20 museums spread across the country with a collection of unique objects covering much of the country’s history. The highlighting of these ancient objects from the collections of the National Museum of Denmark really gave the Discovery Tour depth, attesting to the astonishing craftsmanship and aesthetic abilities of the Vikings, and revealed how reputation, family connections and social life were all parts. essential. of your life right now.
- The Preston Park Museum & Grounds is a museum located in Stockton-on-Tees. Thanks to Preston Park Museums & Ground, the Discovery Tour team was able to highlight and study two key elements of the Viking era: the new Anglo-Scandinavian culture that emerged from funerary art and the Yarm helmet, one of only two helmets from the Viking era. . still complete in the world. In early 2022, the Preston Park Museum will host a special traveling exhibition on Vikings, during which events that make up the Discovery Tour: Viking Age will be organized.
More information about the Discovery Tour franchise and the first two games Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece can be found at https://www.ubisoft.com/fr-ca/game/assassins-creed/discovery-tour.