I have to admit that beyond a few whirlwind press trips and one week of honeymoon in England, I haven’t seen a lot of the places that we will be able to visit in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. As a result, it can be difficult to appreciate if the level and world designers made faithful recreations of a location or not.
As part of the preparation for developing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, developers went on a trip to investigate Norway and parts of England, visiting various landmarks and museums. This inspirational trip allowed them to collect sounds, video and pictures of locations, and to feel the scale of things for themselves.
So how did they do? Here are a few locations that we will be able to visit in the game, along with photos of the real place. Obviously, these could be regarded as light spoilers if you are worried about seeing locations before playing the game, so keep that in mind.
Here is Hadrian’s Wall, which was the Roman Empire started building in AD 122. I expect we will see some fortified locations to go in and assassinate targets along the wall.
Another location is the Puzzlewood, which is in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. This is another location that has Roman ruins inside it, as they were doing open cast iron mining here. If the forest looks familiar, it is because it gets used for movies and TV shows. One example is Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Finn and Rey take on a wounded Kylo Ren.
Over on the north-western side of England, the Langdale Pikes show how the team has gone for natural landmarks instead of just buildings like previous games. I haven’t been there, but I know there is a waterfall. You know what waterfalls mean? SECRET CAVES. (Don’t disappoint me by not having something behind your waterfall, game.)
Here is another location I haven’t visited, but I am sure that I have raced around here in Forza Horizon 4. The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs in Southern England. I can’t wait to knock someone over those cliffs, or use them to get away from an enemy that just won’t quit.
This comparison is a place I am very grateful to say I have been to! Stonehenge is a huge tourist attraction so when I went there were so many people, but it was amazing to get close enough to understand the scale and imagine the sheer weight of these megaliths. Also, there were so many ravens there, to the point that the gift shop had plushie ravens for sale.
It looks pretty amazing, and this is only a small collection of locations we will be able to visit in the game when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launches on November 10 for Xbox One/ Xbox Series, PlayStation 4/ PlayStation 5 and PC. Here are a few extra comparisons: