Raphael Lacoste, the artistic director of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, revealed that we will visit Asgard, one of the lands inhabited by the Nordic gods, in the game. This seems to confirm that mythical locations appear in the game.
This fits with earlier reports. In August, we learned that the game will have us face off a beast known as Black Shuck, a ghostly black dog from the British folklore. However, placing the land of the gods ithe game is much bigger than a single enemy and suggests that supernatural elements will play an important role in the story.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey enabled us to visit the Elysium and Tartarus, but both these realms appeared only in the The Fate of Atlantis DLC. Raphael Lacoste's statement suggests that in the case of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla such locations will be present in the base game.
However, it's possible that the artist simply used a vague expression and we will visit the Asgard in an expansion. Both in the case of AC Odyssey and Assassin's Creed Origins developers went crazy with mythological elements only in DLCs and this solution met with quite a warm reception by the fans. It should be remembered, however, that in recent installments the fantastic aspects were gradually becoming more prevalent in the base games (in AC Odyssey we fought against legendary monsters and could see the ruins of Atlantis), so the appearance of the land of gods in AC Valhalla would be a progression of this trend.
The mention of Asgard in AC: Valhalla stirred great emotions among the fans. Darby McDevitt, who is responsible for the game's story, tried to calm the mood. He stated that there is no room for magic in the series, and mythological elements in the latest installment will be treated like in Assassin's Creed Origins. He stressed that he meant the base game, and not The Curse of the Pharaohs expansion.
It follows that mythological elements will probably have a technological explanation. They may be a visualization of the hero's inner conflicts. Above all, however, they should be scarce, and are unlikely to dominate the story.
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla will be released on November 10, on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 and the Google Stadia streaming platform. Two days later it will debut on PS5.
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - official website
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