The theatrical new trailer for Assassins Creed Valhalla showcases a brutal ninth-century battle between Nordic invaders and English defenders.
"Godless barbarians," the English lord says of his enemies, who are led by the franchise's newest protagonist, a Viking raider named Eivor. "They murder and kill blindly and scar the lands of England...lands they will never defend."
Unlike many other video game trailers, this one offers cinematic-quality scenes of brutal hand-to-hand combat instead of gameplay footage. That said, developer Ubisoft has offered extensive details on the setting, goals, and player abilities that range from decapitating foes and dual-wielding shields to participating in Nordic drinking games.
Blaze your own path across England with advanced RPG mechanics. Fight brutal battles, lead fiery raids or use strategy and alliances with other leaders to bring victory. Every choice you make in combat and conversation is another step on the path to greatness.
Lead a crew of raiders and launch lightning-fast surprise attacks against Saxon armies and fortresses. Claim the riches of your enemies' lands for your clan and expand your influence far beyond your growing settlement.
Unleash the ruthless fighting style of a Viking warrior as you dual-wield axes, swords, or even shields against relentless foes. Decapitate opponents in close-quarters combat, riddle them with arrows, or assassinate them with your Hidden Blade.
Your clan's new home grows with your legend. Customize your settlement by building upgradable structures. Unlock new features and quests by constructing a barracks, a blacksmith, a tattoo parlor, and much more.
Recruit mercenary Vikings designed by other players or create and customize your own to share online. Sit back and reap the rewards when they fight alongside your friends in their game worlds.
Sail across the icy North Sea to discover and conquer the broken kingdoms of England. Immerse yourself in activities like hunting and drinking games or engage in traditional Norse competitions like flyting – or, as it's better known, verbally devastating rivals through the art of the Viking rap battle.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is expected to arrive sometime during the 2020 holiday season on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Stadia.