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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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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Yule Season update revealed – patch notes

Published: 17/Dec/2020 17:07 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 11:52

by James Busby

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Yule Season update kicks off this month, bringing with it plenty of festive new features to the game. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Ubisoft is kicking off its first post-launch update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, allowing all players to enjoy a host of new content completely free of charge. The Yule Season patch aims to bring plenty of holiday cheer to every battle-hardened Viking, while also giving players opportunities to net themselves some new loot. 

Highlights include the settlement expansion, Yule Festival, new minigames, and a load of new store items. Whether you’re a new or returning player, there is plenty of exciting content to sink your teeth into. To help give you the lowdown on the game’s latest update, we’ve covered all the patch notes below.

Settlement Expansion + Revellers’ Hut

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The Revellers’ Hut will bring plenty of fun festivities to join in with.

One of the best parts of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was upgrading the Ravensthorpe Settlement. It’s here where players can construct various buildings to aid them on their conquest across England. The original settlement included a blacksmith, fishing hut, trading post, barracks, stable, and even a dedicated museum. 

However, the Yule Season will be expanding this area even further with the arrival of the Revellers’ Hut. This new hut will be bringing numerous festivals throughout the year. The first of which is the Yule Festival.

Yule Festival

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Ravensthorpe looks a little different this time of year.

The Yule Festival is active from December 17 to January 7, with many festivities to enjoy and rewards to claim. Players can expect to see snow in Ravensthorpe, so you’ll need to wrap up in your warmest attire if you wish to keep the bitter chill out. 

During the Yuletide celebration, you can expect to get entangled with various festivities ranging from drunk brawls (yes, you read that right) to archery challenges and more.

New loot

Partaking in said festivities will reward you with Yule Tokens. This currency can then be used to redeem festive rewards at the Festival Shop. The event will be accessible after having completed one story arc (Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire), with rewards only being obtainable during the Yule Festival.

The following items can be obtained: 

  • Modraniht Ceremonial Outfit
  • Traditional Yule Garland
  • Sacrificial Altar
  • Modraniht Tattoo Set
  • Ritual Tree Ornaments
  • Modraniht Ceremonial Shield
  • Cozy Fire Pit
  • Modraniht Ceremonial Seax
  • Yule Beech Tree

Store items

The Hel’s Damnation Theme is now available via the store, while the Niflheim Theme will become available on December 22. Both of these can only be purchased with Helix Credits.

Holiday community contest

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Take a nice picture and win a nice prize.

Join the Yule Festival and capture your favorite photo or video for a chance to win The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and 50 Euros-worth of Helix Credits. The contest will run from December 17 through January 1 on both Discord and Twitter.

River Raid update

River Raid
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It wouldn’t be a Viking Christmas without a raid.

Aside from the new skills and abilities that will be unlocked in February 2021, a new game mode called the River Raid will bring three new maps that will be brimming with new gear, silver, runes, Books of Knowledge, and much more. 

The new Jomsviking Hall will also enable you to recruit more Jomsvikings to take with you to the new River Raids.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Yule Season update.