Assassin's Creed Valhalla has finally been confirmed, with the Viking themed adventure coming in 2020.
One of the more interesting changes to the franchise looks to be the "hidden" blade, which has featured heavily across the series' history. With Vikings arguably not known for their subtlety, the weapon is now shown clear as day on new protagonist Eivor's arm.
According to a developer commentary, the game's creative director Ashraf Ismail noted:
“At some point, Eivor does receive a hidden blade – that’s something that happens quite early on. We don’t want to get into any spoiler territory or explain why the connection is there, but it is something that’s very important and significant to the journey of this game. And so when Eivor receives this hidden blade, Eivor puts it on and believes that this is such a kick-ass weapon so why would you want to hide it from your enemies?”
The dichotomy between Vikings and the more stealthy assassins hasn't been lost on the team, with narrative director Darby McDevitt noting how they've been working to ensure both threads work together.
“We spent a lot of time intertwining and overlapping threads to make sure that every moment feels connected and integrated,”