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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla just had 30 minutes of gameplay leaked online

Published: 6/Jul/2020 4:31 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 11:22

by Brad Norton

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has just joined the list of major 2020 video games to have huge gameplay segments leak online well ahead of release.

While the Assassin’s Creed franchise has been prone to leaks over the years, Valhalla may have just been hit with the biggest leak in series history. A 30-minute gameplay dump has been shared online months before development comes to an end on the new entry.

Through the new gameplay we can see how large-scale combat will unfold, take a deep dive into many RPG systems, and gain new insight into the game’s combat.

If you’re at all worried about spoilers and want to dive into the experience completely blind, it would be wise to avoid these leaks.

Narrative leaks

Assassin's Creed Valhalla screenshot
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is expected to release at the tail end of 2020.

The huge leak begins in the open world of Valhalla as protagonist Eivor is traveling towards a main story mission. ‘A Fury from the Sea’ is the objective in focus throughout the entire 30-minute leak as allies band together to overwhelm an enemy castle.

Approaching from the water, the expansive attack soon has players ramming through gates, battling dozens of enemies, and eventually taking on a boss fight. After toppling the main opponent in combat, the game then presents a decision to keep him alive or finish the job.

Combat details

Assassin's Creed Valhalla boss fight
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The latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise will feature numerous boss battles.

Throughout this 30 minute mission, a wide array of gameplay tidbits can be seen for the first time. Combat looks extremely close to that of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. With enemies taking a great amount of damage in comparison to earlier entries in the series. This means players will have to rely on archery skills, time-slowing powers, and a wide array of melee abilities to get the upper hand.

The number of characters on-screen during the large-scale conflict was quite significant as well. Huge groups of allied forces clashed with enemy defenses as the player was able to pick their battles.

Upon completing the quest, the leaked video then displayed some of Valhalla’s more intricate RPG systems. While hovering over the map a ‘suggested power’ level appears in each major locale. This implies that your character level, along with the stats of your gear, will be vital in tackling new areas.

RPG systems on display

Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay
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You’ll have an assortment of weapons and armor to customize in Valhalla.

Skill systems were on display as well, with players having the freedom to fine-tune their experience over time. Each skill-tree appears to be signified by a unique animal. As the leaks showcased Wolf power, Bear power, Raven power, and more to be unlocked later on.

There are eight item slots in the game’s inventory. Each allowing you to customize and upgrade an assortment of weapons and armor. Similar to previous entries, changing out this gear or upgrading its stats will increase your overall power level.

Moreover, there appear to be four types of upgrade materials along with a quiver and a rations section for food.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla view
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Crafting materials will allow you to upgrade equipment throughout your journey.

No release date is set in stone for Valhalla though Ubisoft is targeting Q4 of 2020. If that release window holds true, this 30-minute leak has appeared online months before the game will hit store shelves.

There’s no telling where exactly this video came from, though more leaks could certainly be on the way soon. Keep your eyes peeled and be extra cautious if you’re trying to avoid spoilers at all costs.

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3 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla easter eggs you need to see

Published: 25/Nov/2020 18:07

by Alex Garton

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla might not strike you as a game that blends the worlds of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but if you look in the right place, these easter eggs can be found. 

Ubisoft’s game released alongside the Xbox Series X|S and since launch players have searched every inch of the game’s expansive world. In doing so, a number of exciting crossovers to other major franchises have been found.

Although the world of Valhalla may be set in the age of the Vikings, which is nothing remotely like the grounds of Hogwarts, there are some things you can find that blur the lines.

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Valhalla’s easter eggs are spread across various regions of the game’s world.

Best easter eggs in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Harry Potter easter egg

This easter egg is located in Lunden, south-east of St Paul’s Cathedral in a small thatched building.

The building is guarded by a snake and a key is required to unlock the door. Use your Odin Sight and you’ll see a white indicator that marks the location of the key on the balcony of a nearby building.

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Players will enter what looks to be Voldemort’s hideout.

Once inside, players will find an eerily dark lit room filled with strange objects. On the table directly opposite the door, there’s a readable note for players that lists each of Voldemort’s Horcruxes from the Harry Potter films. These were, of course, the powerful objects in the Deathly Hallows, which contained a hidden fragment of a wizard or witch’s soul.

Despite the room only containing the ‘Strange list’, it’s a great easter egg to discover. For any fans of the Harry Potter franchise, this is one you can’t afford to skip.

Dark Souls easter egg

It’s hard to find an open-world RPG that doesn’t have a reference to From Software’s legendary franchise. There are no complaints from fans, though, as it’s always exciting to discover a Dark Souls easter egg, especially if it’s the iconic bonfire.

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Here’s exactly where to find the Dark Souls easter egg.

The bonfire is located in east Ledecestrescire in the ruins of a building. We’ve seen the same bonfire reference in countless titles and it still never gets boring. Luckily, as long as you remember to save regularly, you won’t be spawning back at the bonfire when you die.

Lord of the Rings easter egg

It would have been a missed opportunity to not include a reference to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth in the world of Valhalla. Lucky for us, Ubisoft didn’t disappoint and even added one of the Rings of Power into the game.

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Here’s exactly where to find the Lord of the Rings easter egg.

The easter egg is located west of Glowecestre on the edge of the river in a small house. Players will need to locate the nearby hidden key with their Odin Sight and enter the building.

Inside there’s a readable note that reads “One of the little folk asked me to make the door smaller, as he wants to keep unruly houseguests from his house.” This is a clear reference to Tolkien’s character Bilbo Baggins.

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It’s amazing Ubisoft actually added a Ring of Power to the game.

Next to the note, the developers have even added a small ring in reference to the Rings of Power. It’s unfortunate that players can’t equip the ring, but honestly that’s probably for the best.