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The Assassin's Creed games have always excelled when it comes to recreating various historical periods with love and care. Ancient landmarks and iconic buildings are often particularly well-replicated. Whether it's Notre-Dame cathedral, ancient Athens, or the Great Pyramid of Giza, these interactive slices of history are always a highlight of every game in the series.
Unsurprisingly, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be continuing this grand tradition. The upcoming viking RPG will see players travel from Norway to England in search of a new home, and we know now the game's massive map will feature one of the UK's oldest and most iconic landmarks. No, it's not a Wetherspoons, but Stongehenge! You know, where the demons dwell.
As spotted by VG247 Valhalla's creative director Ashraf Ismail shared the news with a fan on Twitter. He confirmed that Stonehenge (where the banshees live, and they do live well) will indeed be one of the many iconic locations you can visit on your travels, alongside the likes of London, York, and Winchester.
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Sadly it's yet to be confirmed whether or not this version of Stonehenge will feature children dancing to the pipes of pan, but I live in hope. Of course, a digital recreation of the ancient and mysterious stone circle will form but a small part of of Valhalla's open world, which will contain vast chunks of England.
Last week's CG trailer showed us that king Alfred the Great will be a prominent character in the game, but it was also confirmed that we'll be exploring the four kingdoms that the country was divided into during the ninth century.
"He's the king of Wessex, the southernmost kingdom in England at the time," Ismail said of Alfred. "There's also three others - Mercia, Northumbria and East Anglia - that we deal with.
"[King Alfred] specifically is known for being one of the most staunch opponents of the Viking invasion. He was the strongest of the kings. He was able to push them back for a time and deal with them, whereas the other kings would crumble under the onslaught of the Danes and the Norse."
Not long after the game was announced, lead developer Ubisoft Montréal also confirmed that the studio has worked with 14 other developers on the upcoming title. For comparison, the massive Assassin's Creed Odyssey had the help of ten other studios. Basically, this game is going to be huge. Try not to spend all your time at Stonehenge, I guess.
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