Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will let you skewer away enemies with the series’ iconic Hidden Blade. Resurfaced gameplay from a Brazilian content creator, Sidão, shows that the weapon is making a comeback in this Viking-era open world.
To use the hidden blade in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you will have to leave your offhand slot empty and then use a charge attack to activate a stab. It can be effective in combat as it will cause a Knockdown to enemies of your clan. It’s not as elaborate as Ezio’s flourishes of the hidden blade, but it makes sense that a Viking wouldn’t try to make his/her attacks look flashy. Leo K clipped the gameplay and published it on Twitter.
Valhalla will have a bevy of weapons for you to check out, including dual-wield axes, harpoons, shields, swords, and now the hidden blade (which can be used for stealth assassinations too). Also, for the first time in the series, there will be dismemberment, so you can live out your brutal Viking fantasies.
To add to the brutality, the game has X-Ray assassinations in the vein of Mortal Kombat or the Sniper Elite games. You will see the hidden blade piercing through your victim’s stomach and crushing the bones inside. Pretty gruesome!
Alongside the hidden blade, Ubisoft will be bringing back the Social Stealth system from the first game. The main character, Eivor, isn’t welcomed with open arms in many towns across England, so they will have to stay cloaked among the crowds. It’s very similar to how Altaïr stays hidden from the templars in the Holy Land.
The most recent games in the series, Origins, and Odyssey, have suffered from following the series’ traditions in lieu of an RPG system like The Witcher 3. Now with the hidden blade and the social stealth system coming back, perhaps we’ll see a true return for the assassin of Assassin’s Creed.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is scheduled to release on November 17, 2020 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia, and PC (via Epic Games Store or UPlay). It will also be available on Ubisoft’s PC subscription service, UPlay+ on Day 1. We will likely hear more details on the game during this week’s Ubisoft Forward on September 10.
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