Since revealing the upcoming release of the newest entry to the Assassin's Creed franchise, Valhalla, last week, the game has been generating some serious hype.
While we still don't know a huge amount about the game, developers Ubisoft have begun drip-feeding us information about the gameplay, and the most recent revelation is that while Valhalla will not support proper multiplayer, it will have some multiplayer features.
The older Assassin's Creed games featured at least some form of multiplayer, most popularly a sort of search-and-destroy game mode in the earlier titles.
Unfortunately, Valhalla won't feature multiplayer like the traditional titles, but it does have some features which can be shared across games and will let you customise and share a Viking mercenary for friends to hire.
First reported by GamesRadar, as per UNILAD, the game's newly-launched official site includes a small description of this new online feature in the bottom right-hand corner.
It explains the feature as: "Share your custom raider: Recruit mercenary Vikings designed by other players or create and customise your own to share online. Sit back and reap the rewards when they fight alongside your friends in their game worlds."
From this, it looks like you won't personally control your mercenary Vikings, but that you'll be able to create and customise your own mercenaries before sending them off to fight for your friends.
It also seems likely that your mercenaries will bring home their own share of your friends' loot, as a reward for being sent out.
Set in the incredible tumultuous time of England's Dark Ages, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will look to take us back to a time when the Vikings were in charge. And no, it doesn't look like there'll be any horned helmets.
Creative director of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Ashraf Ismail, explained in a statement to GamesRadar:
"We can't wait for players to experience the incredible Viking journey ahead of them. Being in Eivor's boots as both a Viking raider and a clan leader, players will face the conflicts of establishing a new home while in the midst of a power struggle for control of England."
Playing as Eivor, you will be able to lead raids, fight fierce enemies and write your own story using the advanced RPG mechanics which have been built upon from their last two entries, Origins and Odyssey.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is currently scheduled for release in 'Holiday 2020' on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC and Google Stadia. We are yet to receive an actual release date.
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