York to star in one of the world’s biggest video games

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10 May 2020 @ 6.21 pm
| Entertainment, News

The series has sold more than 140 million copies around the world.

And the latest edition of the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise is to feature… the city of York.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due to be released towards the end of the year. As the name suggests, it is set in Viking times. And some of the action will be centred on Jorvik, the Viking settlement which became York.

It will mean that the city and its history are placed in front of a huge number of gamers – Assassin’s Creed has more than 95 million individual players.

Set in the ninth century, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will see players visit four major English kingdoms: Wessex, Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia. And creative director Ashraf Ismail told the BBC that specific cities would include London, Winchester and York.

A Ubisoft spokesman confirmed to YorkMix that York would feature in the game, but said it was too early to give any further details.

Big set-piece moments

In the game, the player takes on the role of Eivor who leads Vikings from Norway on raids against the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. The player will have the choice of playing Eivor as either male or female.

In his interview, Ashraf Ismail said: “Of course there is raiding.

“In that longship, you have a crew, a raiding party that you can customise.

“Then we have the settlement, which is at the heart of the motivation of the journey.

“We’re building a new home, a new settlement in England and there’s these really big, set-piece moments.”

The majority of the game takes place in England, he said.

  • We have major cities like London, Winchester and York – or Jorvik at that time period.

BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak asked if he had visited the Jorvik Viking Centre in York.

“I have actually,” Ashraf said. “It’s a wild place, I loved it!”

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released later this year, and will be available on the next-generation consoles.