The French publisher confirmed the release date for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Sunday during Ubisoft Forward, its first fully digital conference.
As well as setting up a showdown with CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated—and twice delayed—Cyberpunk 2077, Valhalla will likely debut around the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X, with the consoles set to arrive during the 2020 holiday season.
Developed by the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Origins team at Ubisoft Montreal (plus 14 support studios), Valhalla features customisable protagonist Eivor, a Viking raider and clan leader.
Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in the ninth century AD, players will lead Eivor’s clan across the North Sea to England, where its attempts to settle in a new home are met with resistance from the Saxons including King Alfred of Wessex.
Valhalla will build on the RPG mechanics introduced in Assassin’s Creeds Origins and Odyssey, with players’ political alliances, combat decisions and dialogue choices influencing the game world.
Players will experience new features including raids and growing their settlement, and the game features a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies.