[Inside Xbox 2020] – Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla: Smaller But More Unique [VIDEO]

The next Assassin’s Creed is going to have a unique narrative structure, plus it has taken previous titles’ criticism to heart.

„We do approach narrative in Valhalla in a very unique way and I think it will be one of the stand-out aspects of the game–the structure of the narrative. Because the structure of the narrative is different–it didn’t rely on next-gen tech at all, it relied on structuring story experiences in a way I haven’t seen in any game as far as I can think of–this will be a unique story structure for Assassin’s Creed fans. But I would even dare say it’s unique for any game. I don’t think people have experienced a story in quite this way–how we present it to you, how you consume it–it’s very unique. It relied on being willing to experiment with a different way of presenting information to players and leading you through the world,” Darby McDevitt, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla’s narrative director, told GameSpot. Sounds a bit consumerist at the „consuming story” part.

Malek Teffaha, Ubisoft Middle East’s head of communications, wrote on Twitter the following: „FYI, it won’t be the longest or biggest game in the series. They addressed criticism on this one.” The tweet has since been deleted, which means he might be right about what he said. (Otherwise, why would he have removed it? Did he hurt Ubisoft’s feelings? He didn’t even write it in English.)

Yesterday, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has had its gameplay reveal, which was „representative of Xbox Series X gameplay,” meaning it wasn’t recorded on the console – just a PC equivalent or a devkit. „As developers, we’re always excited to work with new hardware because it gives us a greater ability to express our creative vision. Assassin’s Creed has always been committed to exploring new technologies and leveraging new consoles’ abilities to deliver the most immersive experience possible. We are excited to be collaborating closely with Microsoft to bring Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to the Xbox Series X,” said Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail in a press release. We expected more, and even he thinks the same – this is what he wrote on Twitter: „You rightfully expected to see more today. We have a long marketing campaign ahead of us, you will see in-depth gameplay and get a lot more info about the game.” In other words, Ubisoft will either have its E3 replacement, or they will show Valhalla elsewhere in detail.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is arriving this Holiday season (rumours say October 16) on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PC (Ubisoft Store, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. It will support Smart Delivery as well: on Xbox, you’ll get the version best suited for your console.

Source: WCCFTech, PSU, Gematsu

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