Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s concept art makes me want to go explore more

Sometimes the only way to see the concept art of a game is to buy the collector’s edition of the game, or to follow the various artists online and hunt down their Artstation account or online portfolios. But if you don’t want to do that, here is a whole bunch of concept art for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, showing off the splendour of Norway and England.

The gallery below should be free of any big spoilers, and I will refrain from explaining places and giving away why you might be going there. Art is from Martin Deschambault, Gilles Beloeil and Donglu Yu, senior concept artists at Ubisoft as well as Raphael Lacoste, director of art.

Let’s start in Norway, with its monstrously large peaks towering over the frigid cold lands and the majesty of the Northern Lights, which is said to be the sky getting so cold that the stars freeze, becoming a highway for the Valkyries to ride on.

Your ship is a central element of ACV, and several concept arts revolve around how it would look, and how different the colours will be of the seas in Norway compared to England.

When not in your ship along the coast or travelling the many rivers of England, there are many cities full of life, riches and food. But England is also a land of ruins, with the remains of what was built by the Romans all over the country, and things even older than that too.

Large forests dot the land, some of which are old and mysterious. These places inspired many tall tales and myths, and you can see how the artists captured the magical splendour of these woods.

England is also home to many castles, fortified to withstand invasions. But a well-prepared Viking might be able to assault these locations, with some help. Look at these squat structures, defiant and resolute.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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