Video games. “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla”: a start to match Ubisoft’s ambitions

The video game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla presented by its publisher Ubisoft in a YouTube video launch on November 10, 2020 (FRANCEINFO / RADIOFRANCE)

After the Crusades, the Italian Renaissance, the French Revolution or the American War of Independence, the flagship saga of the French publisher Ubisoft immerses the player in the world of the Vikings. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, released on November 10, is off to a record start, the best for a Ubisoft game, the publisher announced. The first results match the ambition of Ubisoft, which has put in place the means to develop the game by mobilizing 15 production studios and 900 people.

The series, born in 2007 with 140 million copies sold since, knows how to renew its founding desire to tell stories in vast worlds where the player can move as he pleases. So what is this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ? Response with Brice N’Guessan, editorial director of Video Games Magazine.

franceinfo: Assassin’s Creed is a series that always draws on history, and this latest episode is no exception to the rule?

Brice N’Guessan: Yes with Assassin’s Creed it’s always an opportunity to revisit history: the Crusades, the Italian Renaissance, the French Revolution or the American War of Independence, to name just a few episodes. In fact, each game addresses major events in our history. And the last part, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, takes us back to Viking times between Norway and England, at the end of the 9th century.

Who are we going to embody for this new opus?

You play as Eivor, male or female, your choice. In love with revenge after a tragic event during his childhood (I won’t tell you more). Our Viking will fight across Norway but the internal struggles within the clans will push our character to conquer England with his colony. On the program: exploration, combat, infiltration, raids, assault, looting, this is what awaits you in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Everything is done to transport the player to the Viking Age …

Yes ! Particular care has been given to the costumes, weapons, environments, music, but there are these small details that reinforce the immersion a little more, such as drinking competitions, verbal jousting or even fighting in one against one – between chieftains to win a region.

On the other hand, the game is not free from flaws?

That’s the other side of the coin for this type of game. When you create such a big open world title, it creates a lot more problems for the developers. We have indeed at times opponents who do not react to the quarter turn or so collision bugs. We therefore hope for a small update. That being said, it is a title that we recommend for its intrigue and its atmosphere.

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