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Assassin’s creed dev explains Hidden Blade changes in Valhalla

Published: 28/May/2020 0:33 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 11:24

by Bill Cooney

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Ubisoft developers have explained why the upcoming Valhalla changes one of the most iconic features of the Assasin’s Creed games – the hidden Assassin’s Blade.

Ever since we ran around the Holy Land with Altaïr in the first Assassin’s Creed, the signature weapon of the brotherhood has been the Hidden Blade worn underneath the wrist.

Several characters have their own variations of the weapon, but it’s always been worn underneath the hand, until Valhalla, whose main character will wear it much more conspicuously.

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The traditional Assassin Hidden Blade, as seen in Assassin’s Creed 2.

We learn in the original game that the blade worn under the wrist doesn’t just look cool and make for easy stealth kills – it also has a symbolic purpose. Assassins were once forced remove one of their ring fingers to use the weapon, at the same time signifying their commitment to the brotherhood.

But Eivor, the protagonist of Valhalla whom players will control, has apparently thrown Assassin tradition to wind and will wear the weapon on top of the wrist, kind of making the name “Hidden Blade” a bit of an oxymoron. However, that seems to be just what developers intended.

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We have to admit, the unorthodox blade placement doesn’t make the finishers look any less awesome.

Valhalla’s narrative director Darby McDevitt revealed the reason developers had chosen to put the blade on the top of the wrist after a fan asked why it was different from every other AC game.

“It is a deliberate decision, it’s something that Eivor feels very strongly about,” McDevitt explained. “When he or she gets a hold of the Hidden Blade, it occurs to Eivor that it would be much more interesting to let people see this weapon.”

“Vikings were known as having a sense of honor, and it was very important that when you killed somebody, that you let people know that you killed them,” he continued. “So having the Hidden Blade visible is actually kind of an extension of that honor. We want this conspicuous aspect of the blade reflected in the way that Eivor presents him or herself to the world.”

We mentioned before that some characters in the series have put their own spin on the blade, but this would be the first time the main protagonist wears it somewhere other than the bottom of their wrist.

Viking’s aren’t exactly remembered for their sneakiness either, but we are talking about an Assassin’s Creed game, so how developers combine that aspect with the stealth we’ve come to expect from the series will be very interesting to see as we get closer to Valhalla’s release.

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How to turn your raven into a pigeon in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Published: 17/Nov/2020 17:56 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 18:18

by Andrew Highton

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Synin is a pretty cool pet to accompany Eivor on their travels. But haven’t you wondered what it would be like to be shadowed by a pigeon instead? Now you can, here is how to turn your trusty raven into a pigeon in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

It’s not quite Odin’s raven, but Eivor’s is a necessity for the journey. Synin is excellent at scouting locations and covering the area you’re in from up high.

Not only that, but Synin can be customized to suit your preferences of how a Raven should look like. Perhaps like a pigeon? Because that is entirely possible. In the same way that the recent Assassin’s Creed games have featured flaming demon horses and unicorn-camels, Valhalla has a pigeon.

Here is how you can turn your raven into an amusing pigeon in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

How to turn Synin into a pigeon

synin in ac valhalla
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Synin is a good friend to Eivor.

This isn’t one of those life-changing alterations that will make you a God at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but it’s still pretty funny. The mere thought of an ultra-dominant Viking having a pigeon carry out their reconnaissance is a terrific visual.

In order to complete this transformation, you will need Amazon Prime Gaming.

  1. Link your Ubisoft Connect and Amazon Prime accounts
  2. Go to the Prime Gaming page
  3. Claim the Carolingian Dynasty Gear Pack to add it automatically to your game
  4. Load up your saved AC Valhalla game
  5. Head to the nearest horse stable
  6. Equip the pigeon skin

This fantastic costume is now yours to show off to your best Viking buddies.

How to make the most of Synin

senu in assassin's creed origins
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Senu, from origins, was the original hovering hero.

Unlike in Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Valhalla reduces the level of assistance that your furry, flying friend offers. There is no more tagging enemies and essentially plotting your path of destruction. You’ll have to be a bit more tactful with your approach.

That isn’t to say that Synin is completely devoid of use. We do actually have a full guide of how to master your Raven in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: with tips & tricks.


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