Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok: What Can We Expect?

After what has felt like an agonizing wait since we collectively blitzed through AC Odyssey back in 2018, it seems that we finally have another Assassin’s Creed title to look forward to. Although Ubisoft has been running a tight ship with this one, early leaks and teasers from the company indicate that we can almost definitely expect a sequel in 2020.

If the rumor mill is to be believed, the 23rd installment in the series will depart from the previous historical settings and take us to the cut-throat and savage world of Viking-era Scandinavia. The working title of the game has been confirmed to be Assassin’s Creed: Ragnarok, which takes its name after an apocalyptic event in Norse mythology.

Facts are incredibly thin on the ground right now, while the clues we do have are far from proven. However, it could be a very long time before we hear a word from Ubisoft on what they have cooking, so read on to find out everything we think we know about the next Assassin’s Creed game.

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Let’s Separate The Facts and the Rumours

First off, it’s important to pinpoint where this theory actually came from. The first hints that the next AC title would be Viking-themed began following the release of a very different Ubisoft game, Tom Clancy’s The Division II. Within that game, there is a level that contains a poster for a fictional film called ‘Valhalla’, in which a hooded figure is depicted holding an Apple of Eden, an artifact that all AC players will understand the significance of.

The reliable gaming journalism site https://kotaku.com/ then followed up by pestering Ubisoft for an explanation. While the game development studio wasn’t particularly forthcoming with answers, Kotaku’s efforts did inspire some apparent former staff members to get in touch anonymously. It was these leakers that said that the next AC game will be set in Viking Scandinavia and England and that the title is “Ragnorok”.

A Look at Gaming and Casino History Tells Us Why Vikings

Fans of the series who remember what made the biggest titles a success might be puzzled about the choice of setting. Viking settlements don’t immediately bring to mind much scalable architecture or particularly dramatic natural settings (except for perhaps the Fjords of Norway). However, a look at the industry more widely may help explain this decision.

Put simply, Vikings and Norse mythology are like catnip to the gaming industry. Many of the biggest and most enduring gaming franchises of all time have followed the Viking theme, with For Honour, God of War and Rune being just a few memorable examples. Even today people flock to the popular Viking themed slot games available at online casinos like https://casino.betfair.com/, such as the Kingdom’s Rise 5-reel slot series. It’s clear that the Viking setting might just be the lucky rabbit that the franchise needs to boost sales.

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What To (Possibly) Expect from the Game

As mentioned, facts are scarce. However, there have been a number of apparent leaks and online posts from supposed current employees of Ubisoft that may reveal some details. A since-deleted 4Chan post that you can now find on https://www.resetera.com/ claims that the game will be set in a sprawling open world spanning Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, each of which will be divided into ‘kingdoms’.

The post also says that the playable character will be a classic assassin with a hidden blade and that the plot will be an in-depth exploration of the ‘First Civilization’ lore that was teased out in the previous two games. Much of the open world will apparently be explorable via ship, suggesting that much of what players loved about Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag will be back for all to enjoy.

This is all we know so far and much might change before we get an actual release date. Until then, all we can do is guess, but a great deal of inspiration for our guesses lies in the existing world of gaming.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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