Two years past the release of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft has finally revealed the title and setting for their next release in the series: Assassin's Creed Valhalla, set during the 9th century Viking invasion of Saxon kingdoms. Valhalla was slowly unveiled in a 8-hour livestream by digital artist BossLogic, who showed the time-lapsed process of creating the Valhalla art. As the stream went on, more details emerged and led viewers to hone in on specific details that clued them in to the game's setting. Early clues included snow-capped mountains on the left, referencing the Vikings' Scandinavian homeland, and the fortified castle under attack on the right, which speaks to the several Saxon kingdoms invaded by the Vikings in the mid-800s. Later, the addition of the Vikings' signature spiral-painted shields fighting warriors bearing red Saxon flags clarified the vision and time period.
An off-screen image of an upcoming "Assassin's Creed" game has leaked online, with reports claiming that the new entry into the franchise will be called "Assassin's Creed: Origins." The off-screen image of "Assassin's Creed: Origins" was posted on Reddit by a user with the handle "shoutouttoashraf." The username is speculated to be referring to Ashraf Ismail, a Ubisoft employee that also worked on "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" and is also known to be working on the still-unannounced game, according to Eurogamer. A source has also confirmed to the gaming news site that the leaked image is legitimate. The leaked photo shows a player character on a wooden sailboat.
Ubisoft's upcoming new Assassin's Creed game has leaked once again ahead of its official reveal at E3 2017. A preorder card for Assassin's Creed: Origins has surfaced online, confirming the game's Egyptian setting and bonus content. The leaked preorder card for Assassin's Creed: Origins was first shared online on the NeoGAF forums. The card appears to be from retailer Target and confirms the game will have a steelbook gold edition. This version of the game appears to include the deluxe pack and season pass.
The rumors are true: To make up for a mainline Assassin's Creed skipping this year, Ubisoft is putting the best entries in the series into one package. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection brings Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and the story's finale, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this November 15th. A post on the Ubiblog says that these are the single player campaigns and add-on packs only -- none of the multiplayer that started with Brotherhood will be present here. That's because the developer-publisher believes the "most polished and fully featured version" of the mode already exists in the form of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's online offering, originally released in 2013. Back in 2012, Ubisoft did something similar to this and sold the Assassin's Creed: Ezio Trilogy as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.
There is no sexy origin story for the Assassin's Creed movie, to hear Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot tell it. He speaks of bringing down customer acquisition costs and finding ways to offset the investment needs of AAA game development. It's all part of the philosophy Ubisoft Motion Pictures was founded upon when the division was established in 2011. SEE ALSO: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard get philosophical about'Assassin's Creed' "It came from the fact that I saw competitors doing movies [based on] games," Guillemot told Mashable in an interview. "I saw the risk and the opportunity linked to that."