What you need to know
- Ubisoft just revealed Assassin's Creed Valhalla.
- It's coming to Xbox Series X and other platforms.
- The game runs at 4K resolution on Microsoft's upcoming console.
- It's expected to launch in Holiday 2020, possibly the same day as the Xbox Series X launches.
Today, Ubisoft revealed Assassin's Creed Valhalla for Xbox Series X and other platforms. Given the fact that Microsoft's upcoming next-generation console is the most powerful out of the lot — including Google Stadia — it should look the best on it. The company even went as far as to confirm that Assassin's Creed Valhalla would run at 4K resolution on Xbox Series X and feature high dynamic range (HDR) colors. If you buy the Xbox One version, you'll automatically be upgraded to the Xbox Series X version.
It's unclear what the resolution and frame rate are on other platforms, but they might be lower. Many are expecting the title to run at 60 frames per second on Xbox Series X, but there might be performance and visual modes. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. Assassin's Creed Origins ran at 4K resolution on Xbox One X, but its successor, Assassin's Creed Odyssey featured a lower resolution and this resulted in a somewhat blurry appearance. Since Assassin's Creed Valhalla pushes visual boundaries even further, we're expecting it to run at a lower resolution on the Xbox One X, too. However, you never know and Ubisoft may surprise us.
Developed by the team behind Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Origins at Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin's Creed Valhalla invites players to live the saga of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory. Offering a captivating Viking experience, the game brings players to a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England's Dark Ages. In this latest iteration, players can take advantage of new features including raids, growing their settlement, building their power, and expanding their influence.
Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources in the ninth century, players will lead Eivor's clan of Norsemen across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England's broken kingdoms. Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a revamped combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before. To secure resources players can lead raids to select locations using their longship to earn much-needed riches and resources. As the Vikings begin to settle in their new home, they encounter resistance from the Saxons including King Aelfred of Wessex, who denounces them as heathens and looks to be the sole ruler of a civilized England. Against all odds, Eivor must do what is necessary to keep Valhalla within reach.
Conquer new lands for glory and honor
This new entry in the long-running franchise follows Eivor, a man or woman of your choosing who leads a Viking settlement against the Saxons.
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