Xbox Series X – Assassin's Creed Valhalla Debuts First Gameplay
Ubisoft debuted Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with a cinematic trailer, but said at the time we wouldn’t have to wait long to see gameplay. As promised we got our first look at the game running on an Xbox Series X during today’s Inside Xbox presentation, and it’s a beaut.
The trailer doesn’t show much in the way of combat or exploration–instead it focuses on the locations you’ll see and visit when Valhalla launches in Holiday 2020. We get additional scenes of Eivor wielding their hidden blade, sailing in longboats, leading a group of raiders into battle, and throwing dual axes into enemy Englishmen.
The gameplay first-look was just part of the Inside Xbox stream, which showed off several third-party games running on Microsoft’s next-gen hardware. Microsoft is planning monthly 20/20 streams for the rest of the year, and July’s will focus on first-party Xbox Game Studios titles.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is one of the games that will support Smart Deliver on Xbox platforms. This means that, regardless of which Xbox console you buy the game for, it will be available on all other Xbox devices and optimized for it.
You can play as a man or woman in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but either way their name will be Eivor (pronounced Ay-vor). Like many Assassin’s Creed games, this one is based on real history, but the staff historians had to do a little more digging to construct a narrative from the dark ages. At the same time, Ubisoft says it isn’t concerned with comparisons to God of War, despite the similarly Norse setting. For more on Valhalla, witness our pre-order guide.
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