Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date officially confirmed for this November

Despite not announcing it during the main Ubisoft Forward event, the official release date for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been revealed.

There’s been almost nothing about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that hasn’t leaked out several days beforehand, including gameplay footage, and now it’s been confirmed that that leaked release date was in fact accurate.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Stadia on 17 November, with Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions arriving at launch.

That’s the same week as Cyberpunk 2077, which doesn’t seem like a very good idea, but the real question is why Ubisoft were keeping the date a secret, when they announced those for Watch Dogs Legion and Far Cry 6 during their Ubisoft Forward event at the weekend.

The date wasn’t mentioned at all in the actual Ubisoft Forward event and instead turned up on the official website and later in the extended look at the game afterwards.

This was probably just a reaction to the fact that the date had leaked, but that still doesn’t explain why they didn’t just announce it straight away – with some wondering whether it might also be the release date or one or other of the next gen consoles.

There’s no confirmation of that at the moment, obviously, but after all the complaints about the disappointing gameplay reveal event a few weeks ago the new gameplay footage is much more extensive.

The main takeaway is that Valhalla bears very little resemblance the original Assassin’s Creed games, with hardly any parkouring and most of the stealth revolving around wearing a hood and blending in with the crowd.

You no longer have regenerating health though and have to find and eat food yourself, while there’s now a charisma meter to monitor while talking to people and peddling your lies.

There are some other fun details too, such as Viking rap battles, a fishing mini-game, and the ability to take your cat with you on a raid. All of which are apparently things real Vikings used to do.

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