- Aug 25, 2020
Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Creative Director has shared a first look at what players can expect from their in-game settlement - which, extremely excitingly, may include a cat. "Here's your home in England," begins Ashraf Ismail's tweet, which is accompanied by a lush visual of a Viking settlement, carved out in the middle of a lake in England.
"Spend a lazy Sunday fishing at the docks, consult with your war chief, or check on your people," Ismail continues. "Home is where the heart is." It sounds like there'll at least be some downtime in Valhalla beyond Eivor's raiding and pillaging. It's also worth noting that there's a cat in this picture, seen chilling near the fish rack in the bottom left of the picture. Does this suggest we'll be able to have settlement pets in Valhalla? Only time will tell. We already knew that the game would involve hero Eivor setting up a new Viking settlement in England, which will include buildings to upgrade, like a blacksmith, barracks, tattoo parlor, and more. “The settlement is a key feature of the game," Ashraf Ismail previously told IGN. "It's quite grand in what we're trying to achieve with it. We want you to feel that this is your home, that you're building, that a lot of what you're doing in the game world is, at the end of the day, going to feed into the settlement so that it can grow, it can flourish. We have a ton of buildings that people can build. Each building comes with its own gameplay purpose." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/30/assassins-creed-valhalla-director-gives-gameplay-details"] In other Valhalla news, we learned yesterday that Ubisoft is targeting 30 FPS as a minimum frame rate for the game on Xbox Series X. For more information about the game, check out our article which offers 37 details about Valhalla's gameplay, story and world. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN, who wishes England was this idyllic in reality. Follow him on Twitter.