If you were upset at the official gameplay unveil for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla then the unofficial one is a lot more impressive.
Ubisoft seems to be suffering from a lot of leaks at the moment, but rather than some vague hints about Far Cry 6, this is a lot more substantial: 30 minutes worth of early footage from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Leaks of this size never used to happen, but after The Last Of Us Part 2 it may be that they become more common in the future, although it’s unclear exactly where the Valhalla footage has come from it – with the original Reddit post on the matter claiming merely that it was ‘found’ on YouTube.
It’s obviously the real deal though, not only because it’s impossible to fake this much footage but because Ubisoft keep taking it down from YouTube.
The video above was live at time of writing but if it’s taken down the best thing to do is check Reddit, where the original threads are constantly being updated.
The sequence in the video appears to be from near the start of the game but obviously don’t go watching it if you want to remain spoiler free.
The footage is clearly labelled work in progress and you can see proof of that with broken animations and wonky artificial intelligence for your horse and other characters, so (hopefully) that means this is from quite a while back.
The main quest involved has you uniting the English inhabitants of East Anglia to attack a castle held by an evil Viking, with longships provided by a more sympathetic Norseman.
There’s a bit involving blowing up the castle walls that seems to be more inspired by The Two Towers than historical reality, but then that’s not something Assassin’s Creed has ever worried too much about.
The gameplay (including what’s essentially a Spartan kick) and interface looks similar to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, while things like the cinematic camera seem to be inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2.
A lot of the similarities could be temporary, depending on exactly how old this footage is, but there’s definitely a much bigger focus now on picking up other people’s weapons and throwing them at enemies.
You also get glimpses at a skill tree, some raven vision, and a bit of platforming – in other words all the mainstays of Assassin’s Creed.
We don’t think anyone was expecting some grand reinvention, but the graphics look good and our only real problem with the footage is how bad some of the voiceovers are. But maybe they’re temporary too.
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