An assassin in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla shares a small but fun connection with a templar in Assassin’s Creed III, as confirmed by Ubisoft in a recent interview with Kotaku.
in the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Players will quickly encounter two assassins. One is Basim and the other is his younger apprentice Hytham. This name may sound familiar to people who played it through Assassin’s Creed IIIhow it sounds very much Haytham, the first Grand Master of the Knights Templar in North America and the father of AC3 Protagonist Connor. This similarity was no accident and is an example of how the developers and writers working on the franchise are bringing references and lore into the game with no great plan already in place.
Darby McDevitt, the storytelling director of Valhalla, together with other Ubisoft developers, I recently answered some questions about Vinland, an area that appears later in Valhalla and I liked that very much. During the interview, I asked the developers and writers when and how they decided to include lore links with other games in the long-term series. If you thought there was a grand plan or Master Bible with every detail and event carefully planned, you would be wrong. Instead, as McDevitt explained, these types of details and references emerge organically as they work on the game.
“Most of it comes as we dance our way through production,” said McDevitt. “When things come together, we see connections with other games and we jump into them.”
During development, when it was time to name the two assassins that you meet and become friends with ValhallaMcDevitt saw an opportunity. “I remembered fans wondering why Edward Kenway gave his son an Arabic name, Haytham,” said McDevitt. “When it came time to name our two assassins, I suggested to Haytham or Hytham that Edward name his son after the assassin who brought the Hidden Ones back to England.”
Something similar happened to the cities in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Fans noticed that the assassin targets in the three cities seemed to be references found on the objectives in the three cities of the original game. This was later confirmed by McDevitt, who stated that this was a similar situation.
“When we decided on the three cities Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Since it was an assassination attempt, we immediately hit upon the idea of turning it into a great homage to the first Assassin’s CreedCities. It was something that came out of iteration. “
While fans may be tempted to read into the minutest details and put together great theories online, keep in mind that chances are that you are thinking a lot more about these things than about the people who make the games.