Last week, Ubisoft announced the next chapter in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Valhalla, centered on the Viking invasion of Britain in 873 AD. The player controls Kratos, a displaced Spartan warrior having found himself unwittingly in the northlands. There, he and his son, Atreus, become embroiled in the conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order, and also some stuff happening in the current day where you play as a regular man.
Fans of the series will remember Kratos if they played Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Known in a past age as the Ghost of Sparta, Kratos made a deal with Ares, the Greek god of war, that cost him the lives of his wife and daughter, and was cursed to forever bear their ashes upon his skin. Despite his history of gruesome violence, Kratos is determined to teach his son discipline and restraint, and what better way to do that than by leading a band of warring Vikings?
Meanwhile, in the present, the player controls Jeff, who works in an office, but also wears a hoodie.
Kratos will collect a variety of weapons, including the Leviathan Axe, the Blades of Chaos, and the trademark hidden blade of the assassins, but this time it’s on top of your hand instead of below it. Kratos will learn the assassins’ ways, such as hiding in convenient bales of hay like a little bitch rather than facing his enemies head-on, or having a really bitchin’ cinematic trailer.
Kratos, the bastard son of Zeus himself, will encounter and do battle with a variety of Norse gods over the course of the game as he struggles to find balance between his human half and his god half. Will he fight for freedom and chaos as he did in Sparta, or will he betray the assassins in pursuit of the order and safety that he longs to secure for his son? Buy the DLC to find out.