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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s post-launch expansions set sail for Ireland, Paris

In letting us pillage jolly old England, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla has already promised a tempting power fantasy. But Ubisoft's upcoming historical stab 'em up isn't stopping with just one country. Revealed in a new trailer outlining Valhalla's post-launch plans, it looks like Eivor will be setting sail for the Emerald Isle before taking an axe to Ubisoft's own Parisian front door in two major expansions,…

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Big back tats and stripy ravens: the best bits of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s settlement

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla you’ll be in charge of building a Settlement (with a capital S) called Ravensthorpe for your comrades, which’ll act as a base of operations and somewhere to relax post axe throw. When you first invade England you’ll start small with a few folks in tents, but as you progress and invest in its development, it’s meant to expand into a thriving…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla digs into Viking skills, settlements, and PC specs

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is less than a month away now, so Ubisoft are flinging out details left and right. They've made a whole seven minute trailer of them, in fact. The new video talks more about Eivor's unlockable skills and customising your Viking settlement. They've also published the recommended PC specs today, so you can get a gander at those too.

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Hot take: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s map needs more quest markers

“Less is more”. A classic advertising slogan isn’t it? I imagine a minimalist house with shelves that fold away discreetly and a glass coffee table that sits in an expanse of glossy white. They’re often marketed as an economic use of space that cuts out any unnecessary noise. I don’t disagree! If anything, I can see the appeal. But I prefer homes with a bit…

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Hyper Scape’s second season lands today, but it still sounds a bit boring

Ubisoft's fast-paced battle royale Hyper Scape launches its second season today. It's your standard sort of update for a game of this genre: they're adding in a new weapon, new abilities, some limited-time game modes, and other fun bits and pieces. And yet, considering this is a fairly big deal for the game, it just doesn't feel very… exciting, does it?

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla sings of conquest and conspiracy in new trailer

Given the subject, Assassin's Creed Valhalla probably didn't need to tell us why our merry band of Norsemen are off pillaging England. Who wouldn't? But it's gone and done so anyway with this week's new story trailer. As it turns out, there's a whole lotta brotherly love, royal squabbling and series-mandated Templar conspiracies rumbling underneath all that Anglo-bashing.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch a week early, November 10th

Surprise! Ubisoft just announced Assassin's Creed Valhalla will come out on November 10th, a week earlier than expected. The open-world Viking simulator was originally supposed to come out on November 17th, but the plan has changed after Microsoft today announced the shiny new Xbox Series X and S will launch on the 10th. For Xboxes, that makes Valhalla a launch title, but over here in…

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Sorry, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes place after Ragnar Lothbrok is dead

Every time an Assassin's Creed setting is revealed, it feels like there's a flurry of speculation on which historical and legendary folks will show up for a cameo. Assassin's Creed Valhalla takes place at just about the right time to cross paths with legendary viking Ragnar Lothbrok so it seemed like perhaps we might arrange a meeting.Apparently not, according to Ubisoft's new gameplay video. You just…

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Hyper Scape’s very first season is here, bringing a new gun and lotsa lore

Just when you think video games are done throwing battle royales at you, they find a way to slip another new one in. The most recent on the scene is Hyper Scape, Ubisoft's fast-paced take on the last-man-standing game mode. After a few weeks of betas galore, the game properly launched today, kicking off its first season. Now, a first season wouldn't be very good…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s soundtrack trailer is actually a female Eivor trailer

Ubisoft have published a new version of their cinematic trailer for Assassin's Creed Valhalla. It's mighty similar to the first one we saw, though this one includes music from the official soundtrack instead of modern rock. Oh, and it also swaps out bearded Eivor for not-bearded Eivor, the other half of of Valhalla's interchangeable protagonist.

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You can pet and snuggle the cats in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

When Assassin's Creed Valhalla releases this November, it will put players in the shoes of Eivor - a big, tough Viking assassin, fully prepared to slaughter the English. Now, if that's not quite the selling point you were after, it might please you to know that this burly warrior will also be able to pet and snuggle all the cats they come across on their…

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Hyper Scape leaves early access with its first season next month

It's a bit late to the battle royale party, but Hyper Scape is just about ready to leave open beta. Ditching the Twitch-drop invites to enter open beta earlier this month, Ubisoft's take on the massive last-person-standing deathmatch genre launches properly next month, kicking off its first season with a new weapon, new hack, limited-time modes and the almost-mandatory 100-tier battle pass.

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Relax and raid to the sounds of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Out Of The North

Usually, when I'm working the news shift, I'll pop on one of those lo-fi youtube mixes to keep my ears distracted. Today, however, I'm thinking about trying something a little more Nordic. This week, a snippet of Assassin's Creed Valhalla's soundscape hit Spotify in the form of the Out Of The North EP, a seven-track mix of chanting, panpipes and warlike drums to study /…

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Eivor from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla can be gay, have sex in public

Privately, with friends, I have referred to Assassin's Creed Valhalla as Assassin's Creed: Big Gay Blondes, which up until now was basically more cosmic ordering than it was based on any actual facts. However, having now had a three hour hands on with the game, I can confirm that on at least one occasion you can have drunk sex with a man, up against a…

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Hyper Scape feels more like Quake than a battle royale

Oi, you. You saw that Hyper Scape was a battle royale game and immediately lost interest, didn’t you? That’s fine. I understand. But I still want to try and tempt you specifically, because it feels so very different to every royale I've battled in so far. There's very little of that meditative nonsense. No quietly stalking through fields, or merrily yet slowly looting your way…

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Ubisoft battle royale Hyper Scape is now open for everyone to try

Ubisoft's free-to-play battle royale FPS Hyper Scape today launched into open beta, after a short closed beta with invitations handed out on Twitch. As the genre goes, 100 players are running around a big map looting and shooting. Hyper Scape is pretty zippy as battle royales go, mind, with players bouncing from streets to rooftops and zipping about with special abilities. If you were curious…

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Far Cry 6 announced for realsies, coming in February 2021

Following a little leak this week, Ubisoft today formally announced Far Cry 6. The open-world FPS series is headed to the fictional tropical paradise of Yara, which is now in the grip of a dictator (played by Giancarlo Esposito off Breaking Bad) and his son. As the series winds on, I'm increasingly convinced a little family therapy could avoid a whole lot of murder. But…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on November 17th

Ubisoft today announced a November 17th release date for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, the next in their open-world murder simulator series. The date leaked yesterday but shh. And pretending that we haven't been watching great reams of leaked Valhalla gameplay all week, they very proudly released a video showing and explaining more of the game. I suppose it'd be polite to act surprised by revelations of…

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla isn’t really an AC game, but it’s still great

Playing a big ol' chunk of Assassin's Creed Valhalla made me realise how much the series has changed since the first game in 2007. If you played Altaïr's first adventure and then skipped straight to Valhalla, where big buff blonde viking Eivor is running around 9th century England, you probably wouldn't realise they were in the same series. Assassin's Creed Valhalla doesn't feel like an…

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