AC Valhalla dev talks Norse and British mythology, saying "cold, hard, dry history is not enough"

Sam writes: "In a way, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is as much about being a badass Viking kicking butt and drinking ale, as it is about immersing yourself in Dark Ages England. But it's not just about the history, but more about capturing the mindset of the people at the time. Because of that, the series has become well known for its blending of history and mythology. Real-life locales and people are brought to life alongside the monstrous beasts that the people of the time really believed in, from Medusa to the Minotaur of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, to the Egyptian Gods like Anubis and Sobek in Assassin's Creed Origins. "

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morganfell236d ago

That’s great and I like the mythological factor. But saying Norse history is cold, hard, and dry merely demonstrates how little this dev knows about Norse history.

toxic-inferno236d ago

Yes, I thought that too...

The other thing that strikes me as odd is that the AC series didn't really embrace the mythological side until quite recently. Up until Syndicate, they mostly got by on original ideas and their own developed mythology. It's only since they started trying to be more historically accurate that they've actually had to steer into the mythology more...

Pyrofire95236d ago

Well non of the games really lended to myth. Ac2 with the rebirth of art and science, AC3 was about war and freedom. Egypt and Greece are rooted in myth as well as vikings. In the sense of leaning into each place and time I'd say it's pretty consistent.

rainslacker236d ago (Edited 236d ago )

It would have to be dramatized some, because history is kind of bland when played out in real time. Big events surrounded by a bunch of rather mundane actions.

But yeah, real history is actually pretty interesting. I'm fairly confident that AC's brand of historical liberty is not necessary to make something more historically accurate entertaining.

anast236d ago

The must have failed the basic concepts of studying and applying history: culture, change, context and continuity.

TheColbertinator236d ago

Fools. Pre-Viking and Viking history is full of great historical events and conflicts.

The Vikings invaded the British Isles, Northern Europe and took Southern expeditions as far as Italy. Ubisoft is tripping on their own shoelaces.

morganfell236d ago (Edited 236d ago )

They traveled to the New World over 400 years before Columbus, established trade routes into the Middle East and laid siege to Constantinople. I have over 120 books on Scandinavian history and Norse mythology (family lineage...Scandinavia not mythology ha ha) and the historical accounts are rife with incredible and memorable characters and acts of unbelievable discovery, sacrifice, heroism, brutality, loss, and tragic downfalls.

Want to know what is really cold, hard, and dry? The unimaginative vision of Ubisoft development leads. Now there is desert rock from Pluto...

RgR236d ago

Should take a look at Spanish history. Primary sources mind you not all the crap written by England which was an enemy of Spain back then.

As for Ubisoft...they really just want to politicize their games ..nothing to do with dry far as I've read ...history is never really dry

morganfell236d ago (Edited 236d ago )


An excellent point. So much of what we know, not all, but a great deal was written by those that might be considered enemies of the Vikings so naturally the Norsemen were given a fair shake ha ha. Only a few works exist written by impartial 3rd parties and then a handful of writings by Scandinavian authors long after the fact, at least 100 years, and often based on tales handed down. The Heimskringla by Snorri is a good example and even there his Christianity must be taken into consideration due to several known points where he altered history to benefit his religion. Still, buried in the sagas is a great deal of truth and some of these tales, regardless of how many times I have read them, can occupy me a full night.

Elwenil236d ago

Careful with that word, "mythology". Some of us still honor the Gods of our ancestors. ;D

morganfell236d ago

"Careful with that word, "mythology". Some of us still honor the Gods of our ancestors. ;D"

And some of us know that it is best to speak on terms others understand and with which they are more comfortable :P

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Nacho_Z236d ago

It's not like I'm not enjoying the 'realism' of AC Odyssey, which is my first in the series, and I'm really digging the feeling of exploring a more authentic representation of Ancient Greece than anything I've seen before but I am really looking forward to fighting the Cyclops and the Minotaur.

I don't see why they can't have the best of both worlds in the new game.

WillyC009236d ago bad your games are all bland, copy & pasted, overly bloated with needlessly large maps & terrible combat. Odyssey was an abysmal game IMO, but to each their own.

I have little doubt this will turn out the same way for me.