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With Ubisoft officially announcing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla a few days ago, not only did we see a new trailer, but also got our first gameplay details too. One of the things mentioned in it is the confirmation that players will be playing as “Eivor” — a male viking warrior.
In case you didn’t know, there’s an Assassin’s Creed Valhalla female protagonist as well. She, too, is named Eivor, and can be seen in the Collector’s Edition of the game. So, which one is the “real” protagonist and how will Ubsisoft handle it? According to Darby McDevitt, Narrative Director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, both characters will be canon, and how they managed that, will be explained once people play the game.
Both choices are canon, but we’re not going to spoil how we managed that trick until you play the game. 😎
— Darby McDevitt (@DarbyMcDevitt) April 30, 2020
For franchise fans, they’ll remember that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey allowed players to choose between a male and female protagonist (Alexios or Kassandra). Important difference here is, in Odyssey, the character the player picked they would play as meant that the other character would be an NPC (non-player controller character). However, the official tie-in novel named Kassandra as the protagonist, which meant it was canon that she was the hero in that game.
In Valhalla, Eivor is the name and character regardless if you choose the male or female version. I’m not sure how Ubisoft will handle it, but I’m curious to know more.
Will you play Valhalla as a female or male Eivor and more importantly, do you even care?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will ship this holiday 2020 on the PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X and PC.