Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Viking settlement changed the game, will feature rap battles

‘Everything the light touches is our kingdom.’ (Pic: Ubisoft)

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will feature a Viking settlement that greatly influenced development and will be at the centre of quests.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, a Viking-themed entry in Ubisoft’s history-spanning action-adventure series, was only just unveiled but it’s already shaping up to be quite the departure from previous entries.

For starters, one major focus of the game will be a Viking settlement that you yourself will cultivate throughout the game.

Not only that, but it sounds like it’ll be affected by your in-game decisions, meaning there’ll always be consequences for your actions.

‘It’s your own Viking village you’ll see prosper and grow, and which your clan mates will live in,’ says lead producer Julien Laferrière in an interview with Eurogamer.

‘It’s at the centre of our quests and the centre of the decisions you make. We want players to see the consequences of their actions.’

He added that development on this aspect wound up changing the game’s entire structure. In previous entries, players had very little reason to return to areas they had already visited.

In Valhalla, you will be encouraged to constantly return to your settlement, since it will be where important story arcs begin and end, as well as where you can discover some of the game’s romance options.

‘It really changed the shape of the game we were making. Instead of exploring one territory, then moving on to another and having no real opportunity or reason to return, the settlement changes the structure. So you’ll go on an adventure and then be encouraged to come back to your settlement. It changes the way we’re playing the game we’re making – at least, that’s the bet we’re making’, said Laferrière.

‘Food was good, locals were lovely, but no WiFi. 7/10.’ (Pic: Ubisoft)

The official website has provided further details on the settlement, such as how it can be used to upgrade your weapons, and listed some of the side-activities you can take part in while out adventuring.

There are the usual suspects like hunting, fishing, and dice games, but you will also be able to take part in flyting.

Flyting was an old Viking contest where two people would exchange insults in verse. In essence, they were rap battles, which is even how Ubisoft describes them. Colour us intrigued (please let this be how we beat the final boss).

If your insults are weak, you can always resort to good old fashioned violence (Pic: Ubisoft)

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One other detail for those looking to buy it on an Xbox console, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be part of the Smart Delivery service as well.

This was first spotted on Reddit, and apparently the Best Buy listing for the game mentions that it ‘leverages the Smart Delivery technology.’ It says the same thing on the game’s Amazon page, so this is very much official.

In case you need reminding, this means that if you buy the Xbox One version of the game, you are automatically guaranteed a copy of the Xbox Series X version, and vice versa.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia later this year.

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