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We are just days away from not only the launch of two new consoles, but one of the biggest games of the year alongside them. Here's what you need to know about the Assassin's Creed Valhalla review embargo.
Reviews will begin hitting the internet on Monday November 9 at 3:01 am Pacific time. That's one day before it launches on all Xbox platforms, PC, and Stadia, and three days before it then comes to PlayStation 5 on November 12.
Valhalla is an example of a rare game that actually had its release date moved up - surely the envy of Cyberpunk 2077 devs who continue working on their game for an oft-delayed launch. Originally scheduled for November 17, the game now hits most platforms on launch day for the Xbox Series X|S on November 10. Critics are underway with their review copies now and we can safely expect dozens of reviews to arrive on embargo day. Alongside Cyberpunk, as well as the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Destiny 2: Beyond Light, it is one of the year's biggest games and will no doubt be a stocking-stuffer for many fans this holiday season.
It's been a long and winding road for the game, with it coming two years after the acclaimed Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which took place in Greece. Valhalla transports players to a much-requested era for series fans: the age of Vikings as they migrated from their homeland and landed in Great Britain. Players can choose to play as either a male or female Viking name Eivor as they carve out their own legacy in Ubisoft's flagship series.
New to the series are mechanics built around your clan and their village. Players will routinely check in with their friends, family, and neighbors, doing quests and looking out for their wellbeing. Of course, many of the series' RPG elements return as well and will be expanded upon. Odyssey took most players many dozens, if not hundreds, of hours to hit the end credits, and Valhalla threatens the same time commitment, but for those playing on their new consoles, and even those who aren't, that sort of proposition is perhaps exactly what they're looking for this November.
Come back starting on Monday, November 9 at 3:01 am PT to see what critics think of Assassin's Creed Valhalla.