“Assassin’s Creed Valhalla”: New Gameplay Leaked

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla just got a new gameplay trailer courtesy of Ubisoft. And by that, I mean that someone in Ubisoft appeared to have leaked it without their permission. Oops.

A Viking scoffs in the face of Ubisoft.
Vikings cannot be contained by mere copyright claims!

Unintended Leakage Afoot

Let’s give you guys some background info first. During the past weekend, someone uploaded about half an hour of gameplay footage from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to YouTube. Naturally, everyone was overjoyed at this new look into Ubisoft’s latest entry into the AC franchise. Except for Ubisoft, who apparently never meant for anyone to see that footage and thus immediately filed copyright claims to take the video down. Multiple copyright claims, to be precise.

We all get copyright claims!
Although in this case, it was entirely justified.

Unfortunately, this proved to be pointless. Even though Ubisoft succeeded in taking down the original video long ago, you can find mirrors readily enough. In fact, you can just type in “assassin’s creed valhalla gameplay leak” on YouTube, and find reuploads of it pretty easily. Just look for the ones that are 30 minutes long, more or less, and if you don’t mind the low-ish quality, just sit back and enjoy.

So…Gameplay?

As for the gameplay video itself, it actually offers an interesting first look into Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Bear in mind that the gameplay footage is effectively the Early Access version, so some bugs are present. In fact, quite a few bugs become noticeable over the course of the video. I think my favorite is the one where your allied warriors just stand there staring at you while you fight off hordes of enemies coming at you, and only you. The enemies just shove your allies away to get at you, or politely step around them. The thought of assisting you never seemed to cross those little AI minds of theirs.

"Assassin's Creed Valhalla" peanut gallery looking on.
Hey, you guys! A little help? No? Fine, I’ll do it myself.

Aside from the bugs though, there’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s gameplay itself to look at. Combat seems to be the typical Assassin’s Creed hack-and-slash style. There’s no surprises there, although I did notice a distinct lack of the iconic assassination leap kills. Perhaps that will be in the game later.

There’s also apparently a skill tree that branches off into 3 paths: Raven, Bear, and Wolf. Weapons and armor appear to be divided into these 3 categories as well, so perhaps each skill only affects those things that have the same animal type or only affect you if you have that weapon/equipment equipped? It might get a bit tedious though, if each skill path only affects that specific animal and nothing else. It seems a bit grindy to me. This is just speculation though. We’ll have to see what happens when/if Ubisoft releases a new official Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer.

Let’s Not Forget Those Adorable Critters

Horses appear to be an integral part of your travel experience too, since they’re much faster than going on foot. Wolves are also an integral part of your travels, but for entirely different reasons. It appears that every wolf in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is rabid, because they all attack you and everyone else on sight. Thankfully, the threat of contracting rabies is offset by the fact that you can skin wolves for leather. Yes, that’s right. Wolves in this game are born with pre-tanned leather skin. No wonder they can take so many hits.

Wolves in Valhalla with leather.
It’s either that, or the wolves here have figured out how to make leather armor.

Naval Combat?

Ships also appear feature prominently in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. We don’t know exactly how much naval combat will feature in the game, but Eivor’s longship in particular stands out. She’s pretty tough for a wooden ship, and is fireproof to boot. Massive volleys of flaming arrows are fired at her, and not once did she catch on fire. Secret Viking fireproofing, perhaps? Admittedly, the rain might have something to do with it, but who knows?

Secret Viking fireproofing tech in "Assassin's Creed Valhalla".
Not just fireproof longships, but fireproof wooden shields too!

Conclusion

We have an exciting new look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla courtesy of some random Ubisoft employee who has almost certainly been fired by now. It’s only Early Access and subject to change, but it’s still interesting. Just search for it on YouTube and see for yourself.

Source: Screen Rant

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