Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The twelfth major installment and the twenty-second release in the Assassin’s Creed series, and a successor to the 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Set in 873 AD, the game recounts a fictional story during the Viking invasion of Britain. The player controls Eivor, a Viking raider who becomes embroiled in the conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order.
The game was released on November 10, 2020, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Stadia, while the PlayStation 5 version was released on November 12.
GamesRadar+ summarized its 4.5/5 star review by saying: “With a sprawling world to conquer and gory combat but also the chance to use that iconic hidden blade, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla brings a triumphant balance to the series.” GameSpot gave the game 8/10, praising the story and conclusion to several plotlines from the franchise, but noted the lack of character development, ultimately saying, “Valhalla is a confident Assassin’s Creed title that takes a few narrative risks which, as a whole, pay off.” IGN also gave it 8/10, writing: “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a massive, beautiful open-world fuelled by brutal living and the dirty work of conquerors. It’s a lot buggier than it should be but also impressive on multiple levels.” Game Informer, in its 9.25/10 review, gave high praise to the combat and narrative and went on to remark that the “content and design of Valhalla are the best the series has seen in years.”
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla sold more copies during its first week of release than any other Assassin’s Creed game, and the PC version also had the most successful launch of any PC game published by Ubisoft. On November 17, 2020, Ubisoft confirmed that the game had over 1.8 million players. The PlayStation 4 version sold 45,055 physical copies within its first week on sale in Japan, making it the second bestselling retail game of the week in the country. The PlayStation 5 version was the twenty-fifth bestselling retail game in Japan throughout the same week, with 4,227 copies sold.
Assassins Creed Valhalla as nominated for Innovation in Accessibility and Best Action/Adventure at The Game Awards 2020.