Assassin's Creed Valhalla is now officially announced, including a cinematic trailer and a gameplay teaser that caused frustration among the players. It was already clear before: the era of the Vikings was upon us, and we ourselves, as mighty warriors, would plunder and pillage the medieval England – or just as a warrior!
Because as with the predecessor Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, we again have the free choice of whether we as main female or male character want to play. While we could choose between Alexios and Kassandra in Odyssey, our character in AC Valhalla has only one name: Eivor.
Update from May 14, 2020:
We have added the analysis on female Vikings and some other new details & links.
So who is the hero or the heroine?
Assassin's Creed Valhalla's creative director, Ashraf Ismail, sums it up as follows:
"Assassin's Creed Valhalla is Eivor's journey. Players get their own voice within this framework. You can choose to play Eivor male or female."
By the way, Eivor is actually one in Scandinavia purely female first name, which is mostly used in Norway today. With the bearded male protagonist, the parents made a somewhat strange choice of name – but this shouldn't be noticed by non-Norwegians.
You can read a lot more information from our interview with Ashraf Ismail and everything there is to know about the new Assassin's Creed in our large preview at GameStar Plus:
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We also take apart the Cinematic trailer, detail by detail. There's a lot in there already.
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What does the female version of Eivor look like?
In the trailers and on screenshots, only the male egg viv was really clearly visible. But what does the female counterpart look like? If you want to get to know the heroine, you still have to take a look at the Collector's Edition on AC Valhalla, which we present in detail as part of the overview of all editions of the game.
The heroine stands here resolutely on her ship, waving an ax and is accompanied by her raven Synin, who this time takes on the role of the eagle and scouts the area. She has blonde hair braided and an undercut. The shave creates space for a tattoo that suitably appears to be a raven. The female Eivor is also clearly a warrior.
How realistic were female Viking warriors?
Colleague Ann-Kathrin from GamePro investigates this question and uses scientific principles to analyze how credible Eivor would be as a heroine in a historical context:
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Our history expert Fabiano also tries an analysis, but rather goes into why the historical setting is so exciting as a scenario for an Assassin's Creed.
What is the difference between the female and the male figure?
The same name for both characters symbolizes the differences that await us with a male or female character in terms of story: no!
The main characters experience the same story, do the same quests and beat up the same English if we want it as a player. There are also no visible differences when it comes to heavy armor and weapons:
In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, on the other hand, the story was slightly modified, depending on whether we played as Alexios or Kassandra. The two also each took their own place in the story, since both of them are part of the story as siblings. Yes, they even occurred in each other's stories!
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That won't happen in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, since hero and heroine play one and the same role. There are no differences in terms of gameplay either, therefore the choice of gender is purely cosmetic. Speaking of cosmetics: this time you can also fully adapt your figure and change tattoos, hairstyle or clothing.
You can find more about the protagonist in our story special: Because there is already a lot to say about Eivor.