Although we have seen some of the gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft’s new story trailer includes the most significant amount of plot details.
The trailer, which features only the male version of the protagonist Eivor, introduces the brother of the main character Sigurd, as well as members of the Order of Assassins. It is Sigurd who pushes Eivor and the rest of the clan to expand into Britain, facing many enemies along the way. A new character also mentions “an invisible darkness, an unknowable threat” which is tied to the fate of England, alluding to the more sci-fi aspects of Assassin̵
The game’s new look follows several controversies at Ubisoft, including the firing of Ashraf Ismail, the game’s former creative director, after allegations of sexual misconduct, as well as broader allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct within the company. . Notably, Bloomberg’s investigation of the company also included employee reports on how female characters were consistently minimized in Assassin’s Creed games, a trend that was “illustrative of ingrained sexism within the company.” Bloomberg also cited Polygon’s 2014 report on the lack of killer women in Assassin’s Creed UnityFour-player co-op mode, with former Ubisoft Creative Director Alex Amancio saying it would be “really extra production work” to include them. At the time, Amancio faced the pushback of other animators who disagreed with his statement.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to launch on November 10th.