With Assassin's Creed Valhalla charting the realms of the Vikings, players are asking if the mythological RPG is multiplayer.
You'd better wrap up warm and sharpen those axes as Ubisoft ushers in a whole new era of Assassin's Creed. This time, we're tackling those bearded and braided brutes known as the Vikings. The main campaign of Valhalla features an immersive story mode where you play as either a male or female version of a Viking warrior called Eivor. As the game progresses, Eivor's quest takes them deeper into the war with the Anglo-Saxons.
As more and more games include multiplayer options, is Assassin's Creed Valhalla the latest to jump on the bandwagon? Ubisoft's long-running franchise isn't exactly known for its multiplayer playability, with it being introduced in 2010's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and then rolled out in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Is Assassin's Creed Valhalla Multiplayer?
For those who enjoyed the multiplayer modes in previous titles, there's bad news that you won't be able to take on other Vikings in a Call of Duty: Warzone-inspired battle royale bloodbath. Speaking to Eurogamer, a Ubisoft spokesperson reiterated, "Valhalla is a single-player game". They teased something more by saying the game will have "many online components, encouraging players to share their progress and creativity".
There is an essence of multiplayer as Assassin's Creed Valhalla lets gamers create their unique mercenary that others can hire for raids. The official Valhalla site explains, "Create and customise your own mercenary Vikings to share online, and reap the spoils when they fight alongside your friends in their own sagas. Recruit mercenaries created by other players, and add their strength to your forces". Basically, your carefully crafted mercenary can be sent out remotely into the wide world as you sit back and reap the rewards.
Is Assassin's Creed Valhalla Co-Op?
It's much the same when it comes to co-op play. While the likes of Rocksteady's Arkham Knight and newer entries like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Borderlands 3 have thrown co-op play into the mix, Valhalla will follow in the footsteps of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. Even though co-op could've alleviated some criticisms of there being no multiplayer, Ubisoft has remained committed to its single-player mission. It's easy to imagine Eivor being joined by their brother (Sigurd) to hack and slash their way across the countryside, but it wasn't meant to be.
As it stands, the last AC game to embrace co-op was 2014's Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Oh well, hopefully, the inevitable next chapter will bring co-op platy back to the franchise. Anyone fancy chopping up Feudal Japan as a pair of co-op samurai? Don't worry though; there's more content than you could swing an axe for Assassin's Creed Valhalla's main campaign.
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