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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla set to copy Red Dead Redemption 2 home bases

Published: 19/May/2020 6:47 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 11:26

by Brad Norton

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla looks to be taking inspiration from Rockstar Games’ triumphant Red Dead Redemption sequel in the form of a settlement feature new to Ubisoft’s long-standing franchise.

Sprawling open-world titles often take players far and wide as they progress through the narrative. Assassin’s Creed Black Flag had Assassin’s Creed fans traveling the seas and venturing to new islands, while Unity took place all across Paris amidst the bloody French Revolution.

Valhalla looks to shake up the standard structure by having players return to a home base, similar to Red Dead Redemption 2’s camps, or the Normandy in Mass Effect. New details reveal just how pivotal this new feature will be.

“The settlement is Eivor’s home,” Valhalla Creative Director Ashraf Ismail said in an interview with SAGamer. The developers said they wanted to “give the full Viking experience” by establishing a proper ‘home base’ for the Vikings.

Instead of traveling from one location to the next, with the story constantly rushing forward, Valhalla will let players take a breather. Eivor can return home between story beats, invest in the settlement, and build relationships with its inhabitants.

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Eivor’s companions will seemingly all reside in a “settlement” in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Investing in the settlement creates buildings and grows a community and social ecosystem,” Ismail continued. “Eivor’s journey will be underscored and mirrored by the journey of the settlement and its inhabitants.”

Throughout the journey, it sounds as though players will be able to expand their settlements. New buildings might create new opportunities to grow a deeper bond with allies. Similar to Red Dead’s sequel, this homely environment could be the best way to pick up new side missions, learn about the world, and see Eivor out of his battle-hardened combat-mode.

“At its heart, the settlement is a narrative journey through a system,” Ismail explained. There’s no telling if the location will change throughout the story, but its clear players will always have a home to head back to after major battles.

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Settlement’s can be upgraded drastically throughout Valhalla.

We already know that players will be able to customize Valhalla’s protagonist more than usual. With each new settlement building serving a “unique function” as well, it sounds like there will be plenty for veteran Assassin’s Creed players to unravel. 

There’s no release date locked in just yet for Valhalla, but Ubisoft has teased that the Viking experience will be on its way in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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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.